Sunday 15 September 2019

Missing Mikaeel: woman held as body of a young boy found

Members of the public and professional services take part in the search after 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular (inset) went missing
Members of the public and professional services take part in the search after 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular (inset) went missing
Members of the public and professional services take part in the search for missing 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular
Members of the public and professional services take part in the search for missing 3-year-old Mikaeel Kular (inset)
Members of the public gather at Pilton community centre to assist the police with the search in the Silverknowes area for missing three-year-old boy Mikaeel Kular
Police on horseback search for missing three year old Mikaeel Kular in the Silverknowes area of Edinburgh, Scotland

A BODY has been found and a woman held in connection with the disappearance of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, police in Scotland said early this morning.

Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham of Police Scotland said the body of a young boy was recovered in Fife shortly before midnight.

The family of Mikaeel, from Edinburgh, has been informed and the investigation continues, he added.

Mikaeel disappeared after he was put to bed by his mother at their home in Ferry Gait Crescent at 9pm on Wednesday.

Hundreds of volunteers from the local community joined emergency services in the search for the missing boy.

Mr Graham said: "The investigation into the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular has been wide ranging and fast moving.

"As a result of these inquiries I can confirm that we have recovered the body of a young boy in Fife shortly before midnight. We have informed the family and the investigation continues.

"A person has been detained in connection with the death.

"I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has shown such a fantastic response to the incident in terms of assisting the police with searches and in terms of our appeals for information and coming forward to assist with information.

"Without such vital assistance the police cannot do their job assisting those who live and work in our communities.

"As a result of this development clearly there will now be no requirement for any further help in relation to searches in the Drylaw area."

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