Body of businesswoman tied to chair and brutally tortured could finally be found

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Cops are set to search remote woodland in Scotland for the remains of a woman who was tortured and killed over 10 years ago.

Lynda Spence was murdered in 2011 and her killers, Colin Coats and Philip Wade, were convicted – but tragically, her body has never been found.

On April 14, 2011, the 27-year-old victim was lured from her Glasgow flat and driven to a property in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire.

She was taped onto a chair and tortured for two weeks, and almost daily Coats and Wade would visit her.

Inside the flat, she was held using a torture kit made up of garden loppers, bandages and surgical tape, which was used on her in a bid to extract financial information.

She was burned with an iron, hit with a golf club, her toes were crushed, her thumb was cut off and one of her fingers severed.

In 2013, Colin Coats and Philip Wade were found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of abducting, torturing and murdering the accountant.

Prosecutors have been unable to say exactly when or how she was murdered, but Coats boasted to a cellmate that he smothered her, cut off her head and burnt her remains in a furnace.

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Coats was jailed for a minimum of 33 years while Wade was ordered to spend at least 30 years behind bars.

Lord Pentland said Coats was the “prime mover” behind the kidnapping and he was convinced of his “devious and cruel personality”.

But now, Police Scotland announced today (March 16) that they have been assessing a remote area of Argyll prior to potential search work being undertaken.

Detective Superintendent Suzanne Chow, of the force’s Major Investigation Team, said: “This detailed work involves Police Scotland detectives, local policing officers and specialist search teams, supported by forensic scientists and experts from across the United Kingdom.

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“The operation is expected to take some considerable time due to the nature of the ground and remote location.”

She urged anybody who knows more about the whereabouts of Ms Spence’s remains to contact officers.

The victim's family will be updated on potential developments in the case.

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