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Dead for a fortnight; CORPSE FIND IN HOUSE SPARKS MURDER HUNT.

Byline: By MAGGIE BARRY

THE decomposing body of a woman aged 26 has been found weeks after her death.

Police are hunting diabetic David Whitelaw, 45, who lived in the house where the gruesome find was made.

Lisa Nelson's corpse was discovered at her boyfriend's flat in Leven, Fife, on Thursday morning at 11am.

Neighbours confirmed Whitelaw, known to them as Davie Pike, has not been seen for 10 days while Lisa, of Kelty, Fife, was last seen more than two weeks ago. Her family had not seen her since September 25, but did not report it until October 8. Officers confirmed they were treating the incident as suspicious and are trying to trace Whitelaw, who was believed to have met his girlfriend at his former residence in Blair Street, Kelty.

Detective superintendent Ian Hutton said yesterday: "An autopsy was carried out - we are continuing to treat her death as suspicious and are awaiting results of further forensic tests."

It is believed officers were called in after a neighbour complained about the smell coming from the house.

Police blocked off the entire street to traffic and cordoned off the block.

Whitelaw is described as 5ft 8in, stocky, with short, grey receding hair.

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