By Emma Hamilton
Human remains of a woman missing for more than a year have been found in a garden in Edinburgh.
Police confirmed yesterday , after forensic tests, that the body remains found in the Duddingston area of Edinburgh are those of missing woman Samantha Wright.
Police began a search on Monday evening in Magdalene Drive, a council estate and found Ms Wr
ight’s remains in the back garden.
It has been reported that officers are still investigating the scene and continuing to dig up the area for more evidence.
The 25 year-old, originally from Stevenage, Hertfordshire moved to Edinburgh 3 years ago, after visiting the city with her family. She was last seen on 12th June 2008 leaving the Jobcentre in High Riggs.
Ms Wright was reported missing by her family in January 2009 after they failed to receive a phone call from her at Christmas or her birthday. Suspicions were also raised when they discovered Ms Wright had not used her mobile phone or withdrawn any money from her bank account.
A man, Robert Chalmers age 57 has been arrested and charged in connection with the findings. According to reports, a man, suspected to be Chalmers, was seen on CCTV footage walking alongside Samantha on the day she went missing.
Chalmers was due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.
Residents in Magdalene Drive, where Ms Wright’s remains were found are said to be extremely shocked at the discovery and are now fearing for their children’s safety as many of them play outside around the area of the findings.
Lothian and Borders Police have confirmed they have now closed the missing persons case and have reopened it as an enquiry as to Ms Wright died. Chief Inspector Paul Bullen said “It is with great sadness that we bring our missing persons investigation to a close and must now begin a new line of enquiry to determine the circumstances surrounding her death.”
Police are urging anyone who knows what happened to Samantha between being seen on CCTV in Edinburgh’s east end to being found in Magdalene Drive, to contact them immediately.