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Scottish police name ‘Claddagh ring’ murder victim, arrest man

The body of 66-year-old Phyllis Dunleavy was found in a shallow grave near Edinburgh last month.

Phyllis Dunleavy of Dublin in 2010.
Phyllis Dunleavy of Dublin in 2010.
Image: Police Scotland via Website

Updated 20:45

POLICE IN SCOTLAND have identified the remains found in a shallow grave near Edinburgh last month, naming the woman earlier today as Phyllis Dunleavy, a 66-year-old from Dublin.

A man, understood to be her son, has been arrested and charged in connection with her murder. The 39-year-old resides in the Scottish city, near where his mother’s body was found at Corstorphine Hill on 6 June.

He is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

Officers investigating the grim discovery last month had issued a public appeal for information as they tried to identify the victim. A Claddagh ring found with the dismembered body led investigators to believe the woman may have been Irish.

It is thought she was buried between two and four months ago. Cyclists came across the grave in a wooded area last month, and an investigation was started.

A reconstruction of the woman’s face, created by Dundee University, and a possible description was disseminated through media channels. The breakthrough came when a family member saw the photo and contacted police, reports BBC News.

First published 11:29

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