Bennylyn Burke murder investigation: Everything we know so far

A murder investigation was launched by police in Scotland this evening after the disappearances of a South Gloucestershire mum and her two-year-old daughter.

A 50-year-old man has been charged in connection with the deaths of Bennylyn Burke and her daughter Jellica, and he will appear in court on Monday (March 8).

Here is a timeline with everything we know so far:

February 17: Bennylyn Burke, 25, and her two children are last seen in their home in the Kingswood area

March 1: Bennylyn is reported missing

March 3: Avon and Somerset Police launch an urgent search to track down the missing woman and her two children.

Police say officers are growing increasingly concerned for Bennylyn and her kids and urges anyone with information to come forward.

March 5: Officers in Dundee, Scotland, are called to a property on Troon Avenue at around 3.20pm as part of the enquiry into the disappearance of the South Gloucestershire mum and her two children.

March 6:

2pm – Police in Scotland say a 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the urgent police appeal for the missing young mum and her two children from Kingswood.

Tayside Police said today a man was arrested after officers visited a property on Troon Avenue, Dundee, yesterday.

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Bennylyn, 25, was reported missing on Monday (1 March)

7.45pm – Police in Scotland say a murder investigation has been launched and that a 50-year-old man has been charged in connection with the deaths of Bennylyn Burke and her daughter Jellica.

Enquiries are continuing to establish Bennylyn’s and her daughter Jellica’s whereabouts.

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

In a statement, Police Scotland said: “The disappearances of 25-year-old Bennylyn Burke and her two-year-old daughter are now being treated as a murder investigation.

“A 50-year-old man has been arrested and 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, March 8 .

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

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Police at the scene in Troon Avenue, Dundee
(Image: Copyright Mark Anderson)

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.”

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