A 33-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the death of Mikaeel Kular after his body was found in Kirkcaldy.
Police involved in the search for the missing three year old confirmed a body of young boy had been recovered in Kirkcaldy shortly before midnight on Friday.
The body was discovered in woodland behind the Kular’s former family home at 32 Dunvegan Avenue by police dog handlers.
The woman, who is believed to be Mikaeel’s mother, was detained on Friday night and was charged by police almost 24 hours later as officers confirmed the body was Mikaeel.
She is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday morning.
Forensics officers are currently on the scene and a police spokesman said tents would be erected in the woods behind the row of detached bungalows. And police helicopters have also been flying around the area early on Saturday morning.
Neighbours in the street reported the shock of being woken by more than 30 police who descended on the house and woods, and the street was immediately cordoned off to passing traffic.
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said Mikaeel’s family had been informed and investigations continue.
The cordoned-off property in the quiet Kirkcaldy street is believed to belong to the sister of Mikaeel’s mother, and there is a huge amount of police and media activity in the area.
As the forensics teams moved on to scour the property and the wood, passers-by reported their shock at hearing the news.
One young couple, who said they were neighbours, were out walking with their two young children.
“What a shock it was to wake up to this this morning,” said the mother, who did not wish to be named.
“It is terrible to think we have been walking along this road taking our son to nursery and that poor wee boy’s body has been lying there.”
Another neighbour said: “I just can’t believe something like that has happened right under our noses and we knew nothing about it.”
A close neighbour reported seeing Mikaeel’s mother, Rosdeep, visiting the house two days before he was reported missing.
“She was alone at the time and went into the house for some time.”
Mikaeel had been reported missing on Thursday morning from his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh having last been seen at around 9.00 p.m. the previous night when his mother claimed she had put him to bed.
He had not attended his local nursery school since before Christmas, with reports that he had been ill.
Hundreds of volunteers from the local community had joined emergency services in the search for the missing boy.
Assistant Chief Constable Graham added: “I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has shown such a fantastic response to the incident in terms of assisting the police with searches and in terms of our appeals for information and coming forward to assist with information.
“Without such vital assistance the police cannot do their job assisting those who live and work in our communities.”