THE mother of missing woman Samantha Wright has spoken of her agony after being told that remains found in an Edinburgh garden were those of her daughter.
Catherine Gibson said she was "dumbstruck" after police revealed that forensic tests showed they had discovered her 25-year-old daughter's body at an address in the Capital, it was reported.
Mrs Gibson, 46, reportedly said: "We got the news at 6pm. It's definitely Sam. I'm not sure how I feel. I'm dumbstruck. Numb. We had been hoping it wasn't her. It's devastating."
Samantha, originally from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, had lived in Edinburgh for three-and-a-half years and was last seen in the Capital on 12 June last year as she made her way home from a Jobcentre in High Riggs.
She was only reported missing in January this year after her family failed to receive their usual phone call from her on Christmas or her birthday on 5 January. Paying tribute to her daughter, Mrs Gibson said: "Samantha was a real people person and didn't care what clothes you wore, she would accept you for who you were.
"She wanted to be an actress and did really well at school. I don't think she ever got told off. She was a beautiful person, and I can't tell you how much I miss her and love her.
"She came down last May and that was the last time I saw her alive. I remember seeing her off on the coach when she went home and I'll never forget her face that day until I die."
Police, who have not yet officially identified the remains, have been in constant contact with the family since their investigations into Samantha's disappearance led them to the grisly discovery in Magdalene Drive on Monday.
Officers were today continuing investigations at the scene and remained on guard around the property, while door-to-door inquiries are being carried out.
The back green where the remains were found was said by shocked neighbours to be a popular play area for local children.
It has been cordoned off by police, who have constructed a wooden barrier around the site.
Speaking from the scene, Chief Inspector Paul Bullen revealed that the remains were found in a "receptacle", thought to be a wheelie bin. Forensic experts have been drafted in and it was confirmed that entomologists, who specialise in the identification of insects, were among specialists working on the investigation.
• A man is due to appear in court today in connection with the discovery. Robert Chalmers, 57, will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to face charges related to the find.