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HOOKERS PANIC OVER MURDER NUMBER SIX; Mum Tracey, 21, is found dead in flat.

Vice girls were in panic last night after a SIXTH prostitute was murdered.

Tracey Wylde became the latest call girl victim since the first killing in 1991.

But detectives last night ruled out any link - even though all the deaths remain unsolved.

Tracey, 21, who has a three-year-old daughter, was found dead at her home in Glasgow's Barmulloch area.

She had last been seen taking a well-dressed man into her flat.

News of her brutal death sparked fear among prostitutes operating in the city's Anderston area.

One said: "Tracey's death is one too many.

"I have lost at least three pals over the years to killers and now I am out of here."

The body was found at 2am on Monday.

Police have refused to reveal the cause of death.

But it is understood she suffered multiple bruising and could have died through strangulation or suffocation.

Her daughter, Megan, was being looked after by her boyfriend Scott Smith's mother, Jean.

At her home in Springburn, Jean, 50, said: "Tracey had a drug problem and had to handle it the only way she could.

"But she was a very caring mother. It's so hard to take in."

Detective Superintendent Val Grzybek said: "We are certainly not looking for a serial killer. This is a young woman who has died an unnatural death. We will pull out every stop to find her killer."

The first vice girl to die was Diane McInally, 23, in October, 1991. Her partly- clothed body was found in Glasgow's Pollok Park.

Karen McGregor, 26, was found strangled in 1993 in the bushes of a car park at the SECC.

Leona McGovern, 22, was found in June, 1995, in the car park at the city's Washington Street Arts Centre.

She had been stabbed 17 times and strangled.

The body of Marjorie Roberts, 34, was found floating in the River Clyde near the Jamaica Bridge in August, 1995.

In June this year, Jacqueline Gallacher, 26, was found in a lay-by at the village of Bowling, Dunbartonshire.

A spokeswoman for prostitute support group Scotpep claimed the deaths were not given enough prominence.

She added: "People would take these crimes more seriously if, for example, it was six office girls or six sales girls that had been murdered."
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Author:Beaton, Charles
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 26, 1997
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