Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Son remanded on shallow grave death

A police officer stands at the entrance to Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh after the woman's remains were found in a shallow grave
A police officer stands at the entrance to Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh after the woman's remains were found in a shallow grave

A man whose mother's body was discovered in a shallow grave in a nature reserve has appeared in court charged with her murder.

James Dunleavy, 39, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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

The identification followed a major appeal which spanned the globe.

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 the victim.

Dunleavy made no plea or declaration at court, and the case was continued for further examination. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear again on July 17.

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