Son charged after Dublin woman's body found in shallow grave in Edinburgh

Tuesday 09 July 2013 23.43
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Phyllis Dunleavy's remains were found in a shallow grave in Edinburgh
Phyllis Dunleavy's remains were found in a shallow grave in Edinburgh
Police had issued a facial reconstruction in an attempt to identify the remains
Police had issued a facial reconstruction in an attempt to identify the remains

The son of a woman whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in a nature reserve in Edinburgh has been charged in connection with her murder.

James Dunleavy, 39, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

Mr Dunleavy made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear again on 17 July.

Remains found on the city's Corstorphine Hill by a cyclist last month were identified today by Police Scotland as those of his mother, Phyllis Dunleavy, 66, from Dublin.

The identification followed a major worldwide appeal.

Mrs Dunleavy's remains gave detectives few clues, but they circulated photographs of the distinctive rings she wore and published details of her dental work in dentist trade magazines in an attempt to solve the mystery.

The investigation team received more than 30 calls from members of the public as far away as Israel after releasing a facial reconstruction image.

The picture was produced by experts at Dundee University using CT scans of the woman's skull.

A family member in Ireland saw the image and contacted police.

Police said on Friday that they had identified the body, before naming Mrs Dunleavy.