Tributes as police continue to investigate Kirkcaldy sports therapist’s death

Ms Edwards' flat at Deas Wharf was cordoned off by police
Ms Edwards' flat at Deas Wharf was cordoned off by police

The Kirkcaldy community has expressed shock following the sudden death of “well-known” sports therapist, Jennifer Edwards.

Mystery surrounds the cause of death of the 45-year-old, whose body was discovered by police in her flat at Deas’ Wharf in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police are still treating the case as “unexplained” pending the outcome of ongoing enquiries.

Friends and colleagues of Ms Edwards, who was a mother-of-two, said they were saddened to hear news of her demise.

Kelly Johnston, owner of The Wynd pub, said: “She was a talented and educated woman, when she was focused.

“A well travelled, well cultured and a very confident woman, but we all know she had problems in recent years.

“Her sufferings are over now. She was a well-known face around the town and she will be sorely missed.”

The Press understands Ms Edwards was brought up in New Zealand but in her 20s came to Scotland, where she later married and had children.

“She came from a well-to-do family and I think her dad, who has passed away now, was head of police in New Zealand,” said Kelly.

“She was a classy woman but towards the end she would just go about in the same clothes all the time.”

Ms Edwards was described as a particularly gifted sports therapist, who successfully treated numerous clients in the Kirkcaldy area under the name Jennifer Shipley.

Amanda Allan, owner of Heavenly Sensations beauty salon, previously rented her a room in her Kirkcaldy High Street premises.

She said: “As far as Jennifer’s job was concerned, and as a professional masseuse, she was totally top notch.

“She was really well-educated and really talented and should have been so well-off. What a waste.”

Ms Edwards’ body was discovered by police at 4.20 a.m. and astonished neighbours woke up on Sunday morning to see their six-flat block treated like a crime scene.

The building remained cordoned off on Monday with tape and a police van was stationed alongside the flat with two uniformed officers in attendance.

Forensic officers were also spotted examining nearby grounds, and searching through rubbish bins.

The Press understands CCTV footage from the roof of the Indoor Market was also examined.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Fife are investigating following the death of a 45-year-old woman at an address in Deas Wharf, Kirkcaldy. Enquiries are ongoing, however the death is currently being treated as unexplained. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”