Died 5th December 2014

The body of a 38 year old woman was found murdered by police in a bedroom of a home in Springfield Drive, Falkirk, Scotland at 12.30am on 5th December 2014. She has not yet been publicly identified.

Steven Raymond Mathieson (38) has been charged with her murder and abducting and raping two other women. He is alleged to have carried out the crimes at his home.

Mathieson made neither plea nor declaration at a brief private hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court on 8th December 2014. Depute fiscal Naomi Walker appeared for the Crown.

Police in Forth Valley Division of the Scottish police service are continuing their enquiries to establish her identity and determine the full circumstances.

After the discovery of the woman’s body, Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson, Local Area Commander said: “Our enquiries into how the woman died are ongoing and detectives and forensic officers are carrying out a thorough investigation at the scene. For this particularly quiet area within the community this will be an unsettling time, however I can confirm that we currently have a man in police custody and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with our enquiry. I would ask residents to be patient with us while we carry out the necessary door-to-door enquiries and we are committed to returning the area to normality as soon as possible.”

Note: This report was drawn from reports on Police Scotland, the BBC and STV News.

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