Transport police seek help on woman's rail death

PUBLISHED: 13:19 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 06 May 2010

Vivian Pinney

Vivian Pinney

A YEAR after a woman s body was found by the railway line in Harpenden, British Transport Police are still investigating the circumstances. Vivian Pinney, aged 45, who lived in Luton, was found by the railway line at Cooters End Lane on the morning of Fr

The dead woman's car

A YEAR after a woman's body was found by the railway line in Harpenden, British Transport Police are still investigating the circumstances.

Vivian Pinney, aged 45, who lived in Luton, was found by the railway line at Cooters End Lane on the morning of Friday, September 14, last year. She had been struck by a train.

Her red Vauxhall Corsa, registration number T534 BTM, was found parked nearby.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned while British Transport Police investigated the circumstances. But while there appear to be no suspicious circumstances, some unanswered questions remain.

Said Det Insp Ciaran Dermody, who has been leading the investigation: "The last time Vivian was seen was by a member of her family was around lunchtime on Thursday, September 13, 2007.

"We originally thought she had been struck by a train on September 13 but now believe she died on September 14 although we have not been able positively to identify the train that struck her."

He added: "We need to hear from anyone who might have seen her or her car on September 13 or any time into the early hours of September 14. Her body was discovered at around 9.30am on Friday, September 14."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police quoting reference B5 of 8 September on Freephone 0800 405040.

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