Rare murder investigation launched on Shetland Islands as police investigate third murder in 50 years

Police have launched a rare murder investigation on the Shetland Islands after the body of a woman was found outside her house.

It is only the third murder on the island in 50 years.

The woman in her 40s found outside of a house in Lerwick in the main town on the island.

The woman who has been names as Tracy Walker was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It is only the third murder in the last 50 years on the islands off the Scottish mainland.

Police have arrested a man aged 31 and a woman ages 27 in connection with the death.

The 40-year-old was found outside a house in Lerwick, Shetland’s main town, at 2.05am

Emergency services were called but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Inspector Ross
Fitzgerald of the Police Scotland Major Investigation Team said: “Our enquiries remain ongoing and are at a relatively early stage.

“However, I would take the opportunity to stress there is no apparent risk to the wider community.

“A significant police presence is likely to remain in the area during the coming days, with officers from the local policing team in Lerwick working with specialist colleagues from the Major Investigations Team.

“We are grateful to the local community for their understanding while this investigation continues.”