The body of Newton Stewart woman Wendy Kelly - who was found dead in her home last May - will not be released until a case for prosecution has been fully investigated.
A police probe was launched after Wendy was discovered with head wounds at Hillview Terrace after birthday celebrations.
Detective Inspector Mark Hollis, who headed the inquiry, said this week that the Crown was still working on the case.
He said: “The body has still not yet been released by Crown. The latest update is that COPFS are currently considering the case for prosecution, and until that decision has been made, the body cannot be released.
“I am satisfied that my inquiry team have conducted a very thorough and detailed investigation in relation to this death. The inquiry has been very complex and has taken a great deal of time and investment to uncover a large amount of very relevant information about Wendy’s lifestyle, her movements, and the circumstances which led to her death.
“We have now submitted reports to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to the death and events surrounding it, and until a decision is made about whether criminal proceedings will be taken, it would be inappropriate to make further comment.
“We have been liaising closely with Wendy’s family throughout this inquiry to assist them through what must be a very stressful time. We are grateful for the patience and support they have given us.”