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Update: WA Police say they do not believe a convicted Scottish murderer was in Australia at the time of the suspicious death of a WA woman nearly 14 years ago.

Hospitality student Deborah Michelle Anderson, 24, was found dead in her burnt-out car in a shopping centre carpark in January 2000.

Police have been baffled by her death since then, after she told family she needed the car for a trip to the zoo but it was later revealed the car had been driven to Geraldton (420kms away) and back on the day she died.

Reports in Scottish media this week suggested the death may have possible connections to convicted killer Malcolm Webster.

The killer, dubbed “The Black Widower”, recently failed in his appeal against convictions for the 1994 murder of his wife Claire Morris in Scotland and the attempted murder of his second wife Felicity Drumm in New Zealand five years later.

Ms Morris died in the flaming wreck of a car after she had been drugged.

Both women had several life insurance policies worth several million dollars.

Ms Drumm was also drugged and left asleep in a car with a jerry can of petrol in the boot, but was awoken by a phone call before Webster could complete his plot.

Reports in Scotland suggest police are now investigating a potential link between the death of Ms Anderson and Webster, who fled to Australia after his failed bid to kill Ms Morris.

But a WA Police spokeswoman said they did not believe Webster was in Australia at the time of Ms Anderson’s death.

“WA Police has had no approach from Scottish police concerning this investigation, and information suggests that Mr Webster was not in Australia in January 2000,” she said.

"This is an ongoing police inquiry and anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000," a spokeswoman said.

At the time of Ms Anderson's death, police said they were highly suspicious about Ms Anderson's cause of death.

"We've got a girl that by all accounts isn't depressed, is enjoying life, is doing well in her course, (has) good prospects (and) is about 20-odd kilometres away from her home, dead," Midland detective Rick Weskin said.

"Anyone would be suspicious of that and we certainly are."

In 2011, Ms Anderson's aunt Kathleen Cox hired a psychic to travel from Britain to investigate at the crime scene, after stating they believed she had met foul play.

And Derek Ogg QC, the prosecutor who brought Webster to justice, said there could be more victims from the five years he spent in Australia before his return to Scotland in 2004.

"There's no rational basis for thinking that Mr Webster, for some reason, completely changed his personality during his visits to Australia," Mr Ogg told the Seven Network.


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