Police in Scotland have identified the body found in a shallow grave, near Edinburgh, as that of Phyllis Dunleavy (66), from Dublin. James Dunleavy (39), known as Seamus, appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday, charged in connection to the crime.
Her son made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody, the BBC reports.
Phyllis Dunleavy is believed to have been visiting her son, who lived in Balgreen Road, at the foot of Corstorphine Hill, where her body was found on June 6 by cyclists.
Since the grim discovery police have been appealing for information on the dismembered body, found wearing a “Claddagh ring/” The ring led investigators to believe the victim was Irish.
An artist’s reconstruction of the woman’s face, created at Dundee University, and a possible description was circulated through the media.
It is believed that she was buried between two and four months ago.
A member of her family in Ireland saw the image and contacted police.
DCI Keith Hardie, who led the investigation, told the Metro that the public response to the appeal had “exceeded our expectations.”
Earlier in the investigation, Hardie said, “I sense a real desire to identify this woman and I have been grateful for opportunities to publicise this case, not just here in Scotland, but in other parts of the UK and Ireland.”
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