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Details of Incident

Police Scotland is appealing for the public’s help as details of an item found at the scene of the fatal attack on Shona Stevens in 1994 are released.

Shona, 31, was found on a footpath located near to the rear of Alder Green in the Bourtreehill Park area of Irvine on 10 November 1994

The mum of one had sustained serious head injuries and died in hospital days later.

As part of a recent review into the case by Police Scotland, officers believe this item may be of significance and are asking for the community’s help.

The item looks like it could have come off a novelty keyring and was found at the scene during the initial forensic examination.

Detective Inspector Fraser Normansell, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “We know the item didn’t belong to Shona and, while we can’t be sure of its origins, we believe it may hold significance to this case.

“Although it was found almost 27 years ago, it’s very distinctive and could prove vital to our enquiries. I’m urging anyone with information to come forward and help us get justice for Shona.”

Shortly after 1pm on the day Shona was attacked she attended the Co-op store within Bourtreehill Shopping Centre before leaving on foot.

She was last seen alone around 1.10pm on Towerlands Road and was then found approximately 200 yards from her home, within a wooded area, around 1.20pm.

DI Normansell continued: “I’m asking anyone who believes they recognise this item or who has any information, no matter how small, to please get in touch.

“We are committed to getting Shona’s devastated family the answers they deserve.”

Contact Information

Anyone with information can contact the dedicated inquiry team on 01563 505172 at Kilmarnock Police Office, or  alternatively, Police Scotland on 101. Crime stoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, crimestoppers