PROSECUTORS have said they would reopen an investigation into the death of a Swedish woman in Ayrshire 10 years ago if fresh evidence was found.

Annie Borjesson's body was discovered on Prestwick Beach on December 4, 2005, and 10 years on her family continue to look for answers.

They believe the 30-year-old was murdered, but the initial police inquiry found she had drowned and her death was deemed suicide.

But a number of questions have been raised by her relatives in Sweden and by campaigners in Scotland.

Kenneth Roy, editor of the Scottish Review, carried out his own investigation after the family called for a fresh inquiry.

Writing on the anniversary of Ms Borjesson's death, he said: "I compiled a dossier and sent it to Police Scotland, with a request that the case should be re-opened; I was told that the request would be considered by an assistant chief constable, Malcolm Graham; for a while Annie's family in Sweden clung to a slender hope. A few bleak lines of rejection from Mr Graham finally crushed it.

"I often wondered what the police and the Crown Office had to lose by taking a fresh look at the evidence, but lately I have begun to wonder what they have to hide.

"I approached the case with an open mind. Now, with the passage of time, I have come to suspect that Annie Borjesson was murdered.

However, it has emerged that the investigation into her death is listed as "discontinued" rather than closed, meaning that the assumption of suicide was made on the basis of the available information.

But the case remains officially open and could be resumed if fresh evidence is found.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The death of Annie Borjesson was thoroughly investigated by Strathclyde Police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, who gave detailed consideration to all the facts and circumstances of the case and concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances.

"The investigation concluded that Miss Borjesson, tragically, took her own life.

"Any new, credible and reliable evidence which comes to light will be considered."