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BAIBA CAR CLUE; Gardai believe BMW will identify Latvian woman's murderer.

Byline: By DARREN BOYLE

DETECTIVES hunting the hitman who gunned down Baiba Saulite believe a stolen car used in the murder will help crack the case.

A lone gunman shot Baiba twice with a handgun at her home in Swords, North Dublin, on November 19.

The killer then calmly walked away from the scene before getting into a black BMW 520D which was later found burned-out nearby.

The getaway car was stolen outside a house in Blackrock, Co Dublin, on November 7. The killers then cloned the details from another BMW 520 from a car dealership.

Gardai are particularly interested in finding the second getaway car the killers used to complete their escape.

Meanwhile, Baiba's children have been placed in health board care while authorities decide their fate.

The Latvian woman was murdered in the hall of her home as the two boys slept upstairs.

Gardai had to shield the two boys Ali, five, and three-year-old Mohammed, from the murder scene as they took them out.

Their mother's body was released to her family on Tuesday and was returned to Latvia for burial. A memorial service for her was held in Swords the same day.

Her brother Karlis made an emotional appeal for information on the killer before flying home.

Det Insp Walter O'Sullivan made a fresh appeal for information as officers yesterday handed out leaflets in Swords.

He said: "I would appeal to all persons who enjoy life and who love life and all that life has to offer to come forward.

"There are no words left to describe this horrific murder - a young woman gunned down in the prime of life - a mother of two children.

"She had just put her children to bed and one of her friends announced she was leaving.

"They went outside to smoke a cigarette and exchange a few words when the gunman approached and shot her dead."

Crimestoppers are offering 010,000 for information leading to the capture of the killer and can be contacted on 1800 250 025.

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