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'Jolanta was too trusting.. then her texts just stopped' EXCLUSIVE SEVERED HEAD VICTIM FAMILY BAFFLED BY MESSAGES MUM: I CAN'T BELIEVE MY GIRL WON'T COME HOME.

Byline: By KATE MANSEY in Alytus, Lithuania

SEVERED head victim Jolanta Bledaite was supposed to have left Scotland in January, her anguished family said last night.

But she unexpectedly stayed on - sending home a series of cryptic text messages revealing she was troubled, but refusing to say why.

And today, we publish the first adult photo of Jolanta, the migrant worker whose severed head was found on Arbroath beach on Tuesday.

Dark-haired Jolanta, 35, described by weeping relatives as naive and "too trusting", posed proudly for the family portrait when she was aged 18.

Last night, her grieving grandmother Sapolaite Albina, 81, said even the death penalty would be too lenient a sentence for her killers.

And she told the Sunday Mirror: "Jolanta was such a pretty girl. She had gone away to find a better life to make some money and help us, the family back at home. Why would anyone want to kill her?"

Mrs Albina said Jolanta had planned to return home to Lithuania in January - then she suddenly changed her plans and sent mysterious text messages saying that she was unhappy.

Jolanta, who had usually texted her grandmother every few days, then suddenly broke off contact after revealing she was postponing her return until the summer.

At her ramshackle farm at Balbieriskis, near the city of Alytus, Mrs Albina wept: "When I asked why she hadn't been in touch, she just said: 'There isn't anything to say. Nothing is happening. It's just the same old stuff'.

"I was a bit concerned so I said, 'Are you sure there's nothing wrong?' and she just replied: 'I'll tell you everything when I come back in summer'.

"She made an excuse for not coming back earlier . She said she had lost her passport, which sounded unlikely.

"She was a very organised girl - not the sort to lose something as important as that. If only she had come home when she planned to, she would still be alive.

"She was a home-loving girl. She loved helping me with the chickens on the farm. She loved the countryside and the open air."

Jolanta's aunt Vita Aukstikalniene said: "Often the text messages would just say: 'I'm okay, I'm fine, I'm having a good time and everything's going well'.

"But then it was so strange when the messages stopped.

"She didn't seem keen to write messages for a while and we started to worry about who she was living with and how she was getting on. She did say: 'I've met some Russians, some Polish people and some Lithuanians' but she never told us she had a boyfriend or that she was seeing anybody special."

Last night police were still hunting for the mobile phone from which Jolanta sent the texts.

It's feared the killers may have destroyed the phone for fear it would give police vital clues.

Her family said she hadn't told them she had moved out of the caravan she was living in and into the flat where she met her death.

Jolanta's remains were found in a black bin bag by two little girls on the beach at Arbroath, Angus, 14 miles from Brechin, where she was a casual factory worker.

She was brought up by dirt-poor Mrs Albina after her mum Ona Lazauskiene, 58, and dad Saranus Bleda, separated. Distraught Ona told the Sunday Mirror: "My sister-in-law came to break the news to me because she had seen it on the television.

She told me that my dear little Jolanta had died in Scotland and I just couldn't believe what I heard.

"I cradled her in my arms as a child and I'm really scared about what happened to her in those horrible hours - she must have suffered.

"My daughter was too trusting of other people and she really believed she would have a better life and more money by working abroad.

"She promised she would come home as soon as she had enough cash but now that will never happen.

"Now we fear that we may never have a body to bring home to bury."

Jolanta left school to work in a bread factory. She went to live in Moscow for six years with her sister Daiva, 38, before returning to help her grandmother on the farm.

Then she travelled to Ireland on the advice of a friend's dad, where she found work in factories before moving to Scotland.

In the family snap, the first picture of her apart from one shot of her aged five, fresh-faced Jolanta looks full of youth compared to the grim artist's impression of her issued by police this week.

'She had gone away to help us...Why would anyone want to kill her?' - GRAN SAPOLAITE

'How my dear daughter must have suffered in those horrible hours' - MUM ONA

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Dirt-poor... Jolanta's gran Sapolaite Albina (81) at the farm where the girl was brought up; Jolanta as she looked at 18
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