The major two-day search for a toddler in Edinburgh ended in heartbreak in the early hours of Saturday morning as the body of Mikaeel Kular was found in woodlands near his aunt’s house.

His mother, Rosdeep Kular, 33, has been detained by police in connection with the death and is due to appear in court on Monday 20th January.

The three-year-old was reported missing from his home, in Drylaw, Edinburgh, on Thursday morning, sparking a huge search by police and local residents with the initial theory that the youngster had just got up and left his home during the previous night.

On Friday, just before midnight, police confirmed they had found a body, believed to be that of Mikaeel, buried 34 miles away from the family home in a woodland area in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

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Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham confirmed the news at a 1am press briefing.

He said: “The investigation into the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular has been wide-ranging and fast moving.
“As a result of inquiries the body of a young child was recovered in Fife just before midnight.

“We strongly believe this to be the body of Mikaeel.

“A person has been detained in connection with the recovery of the body and members of Mikaeel’s family have been informed.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with them at this time.”

Members of the public had earlier reported seeing a small boy alone close to Mikaeel’s home which had given hope to the initial theory that he had simply walked out of his home.

However, despite CCTV footage backing up the claim that small boy was walking alone, the images were not clear enough to identify anybody.

More than 200 volunteers from the local community had helped in the search for the local boy and there were tearful tributes left upon the announcement of the discovery of an infant’s body.

Soft toys, candles and floral tributes were all left outside the family home following the incident.

Rosdeep Kular is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.