Murder investigation launched over missing mother and child

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of Bennylyn Burke and her daughter Jellica.

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A murder investigation has been launched following the disappearance of a mother and her two-year-old daughter.

Avon and Somerset Police issued an appeal earlier this week to trace Bennylyn Burke and two children from South Gloucestershire.

The 25-year-old was reported missing on Monday having last been seen at her home on February 17.

A 50-year-old man was arrested in connection with their disappearance after officers attended a house in Dundee’s Troon Avenue on Friday afternoon.

The man has now been charged in connection with the deaths of Bennylyn and her daughter Jellica and enquiries are continuing to establish their whereabouts.

The arrested man is expected to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday.

The second child reported missing has been traced and is being supported.

Detective Superintendent Graeme Mackie, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “We are now treating the disappearances as a murder investigation and I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward and speak to us.

“This is a complex enquiry involving both local officers in Dundee and specialist resources from across Police Scotland.

“Bennylyn’s next of kin have been updated on the arrest and are being supported by colleagues from Avon and Somerset Police. 

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area for a considerable period of time and I would like to thank the local community for their cooperation.

“Anyone with concerns or information can speak to a local officer or call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident 1434 of 5 March, 2021.”