Memorial Service Held in Scotland for Woman Whose Severed Head Was Found on Beach

Dozens of mourners attended a memorial service for a woman whose severed head and hands were found on a Scottish beach earlier this month.

About 200 people travelled to Arbroath — about 55 miles south of the Scottish city of Aberdeen — to attend the service, which took place just yards from the area where Jolanta Bledaite's remains were found.

Bledaite, 35, was from from Alytus, Lithuania, but was working in Scotland.

Two young sisters playing on the beach found her head in a plastic bag on April 1, and her hands were discovered nearby shortly afterwards.

Police recovered a suitcase containing further body parts from Arbroath harbor on April 5.

Two men have been charged with Bledaite's murder.

A number of people wept during the Roman Catholic Mass, which featured hymns accompanied by bagpipe music.

Mourners gathered around a small table on which sat a framed black-and-white photograph of Bledaite, a crucifix, and a collection of pebbles from her grandmother's garden in Lithuania.

Revered Golden said: "Let us be united in heart and spirit with her beloved family. Let us pray for those who have left their homeland that they be protected from danger."

After the service the pebbles were blessed and then scattered on the beach.