Police investigating an East Devon sexual abuse network dating back more than 20 years have exhumed the body of an alleged victim.
Detectives believe Belinda Day, known to her friends as 'Binny', was regularly sexually abused and violently raped by more than one person over much of her adult life.
Ms Day's remains were removed overnight and taken to a mortuary for DNA testing, which officers hope will provide crucial evidence to the investigation.
A priest was present to bless the grave as the police operation was carried out, while screens were erected to shield the grave-site and protect Ms day's dignit.
The 27-year-old threw herself from cliffs in Budleigh Salterton in March 1989. She had been married twice and had three children, then aged, four, five and 10.
The inquest into the death of Ms Day, who was from a family of 12 children, recorded a verdict of suicide.
Her older brother, Tommy Dance, was sentenced to 21 years in prison last July after being convicted of a series of serious sexual offences against victims including children and teenage girls.
Detectives say a number of potential victims and witnesses have come forward and several suspects have been identified. Arrests are expected to follow.
Det Con Mike Chalmers, officer in charge of Operation Goodrich, said: "I would like to appeal to anyone who knew Binny in the 70s and 80s who may have any information that could assist this investigation to come forward and talk to me
"There are many pieces to this complex jigsaw and often people have information which may seem insignificant to them but may in fact be the missing and final piece which helps complete this puzzle.
"We have been working closely with several members of Binny's family who support this investigation and the process of exhumation.
"I hope and expect that this process will enable this investigation to successfully support criminal proceedings and assist in bringing the offenders to justice.
"This will provide the immediate family with some closure and allow Binny to at long last rest in peace."
Ms Day's remains will be re-buried in a private ceremony this afternoon.