DETECTIVES spent more than £72,000 to identify the mother-of-five whose body was dumped in a shallow grave on Corstorphine Hill by her killer son.
The costs included air, car and rail travel, forensic analysis and consultant’s fees which led to 66-year-old Philomena Dunleavy being identified.
Mrs Dunleavy, from Dublin, had been visiting her son James at his home in nearby Balgreen Road when he killed her, dismembered her body and tried to hide her remains on the city beauty spot.
After the unidentified remains were found in June last year, Police Scotland released a facial reconstruction of the woman in a bid to find out who she was.
Experts from Dundee University constructed a virtual image of the victim and circulated it to police forces across Europe.
Dunleavy was convicted of culpable homicide in January and faces sentence next month.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “It was a complex, unusual inquiry.”