Left lying naked and strangled in the snow at Templeton Woods, the murder of Carol Lannen shocked everyone in Dundee.
Today marks the anniversary of the 18-year-old’s body being found, but, after all these years, the identity of her evil killer is still unknown.
No one has ever been convicted for her death a fact that still troubles 81-year-old Jim Cameron, who led the murder hunt in 1979.
Speaking from his home in Downfield, Jim admitted he still thinks about Carol’s case as well as the unsolved murder of 20-year-old Elizabeth McCabe, whose body was also found in the woods just one year later.
He said: “While my memory isn’t so good now, I’ll never forget the case of Carol Lannen.
“I still think about it regularly, just as I do for the McCabe case.
“I was head of CID at the time and I oversaw both cases, so it was a big part of my life and I will forever have both murders and both women in my mind.
“I suppose they are the two cases that got away from me.”
At the time of her death, Carol was the mum of a young baby and lived with her sister in the Hilltown.
The last time she was seen alive was March 20 1979, when she jumped into a red estate car in Exchange Street.
The next day, two youths stumbled across her lifeless body, sparking a massive manhunt by police. Owners of red cars were interviewed by detectives and a photo-fit of the suspect with a moustache was released.
Days after the initial discovery, Carol’s handbag and clothes were found on the banks of the River Don, near Kintore, Aberdeenshire.
It remains unclear if the culprit was from the north-east or if the evidence was laid to put officers off the scent.
But Jim believes if detectives had the resources that are available to police now, Carol’s killer would have been put behind bars.
He said: “We probably made mistakes at the time.
“We never knew that DNA testing would turn up at a later date and maybe things would have been different if we had known.
“What a difference it would have made, I think we probably would have got the culprit with it.
“The pathologists, fiscals and police acted together in the best way they could for the time it was very professional.
“But nowadays you have body suits, foot covers and masks. We were lucky if we had a soft hat.
“What I would say, is that at the time, these two murders helped brush up police techniques in Tayside for murder inquiries in the future.
“On the one hand, I’m pleased with the progress we made in the future, but I’d sleep better at night if we had caught the suspect for Carol’s death.”
Police re-opened the case in 2008 after an “amazing” amount of new information came to light, but Carol’s killer has yet to be brought to justice.