A body has been found in the search for missing three-year-old Mikaeel Kular.
Officers searching for the missing Edinburgh youngster found a body in Fife shortly before midnight on Friday, it was announced on Saturday.
It was reported by Sky News and other news organisations that the person detained was Mikaeel’s mother, named locally as Rosdeep Kular, 33, though police have not confirmed this.
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said police “strongly believe” the body to be that of Mikaeel and that his family had been informed of the discovery.
Visibly moved, Mr Graham told a press conference: “The investigation into the disappearance of Mikaeel Kular has been wide ranging and fast moving.
“As a result of these inquiries I can confirm that we have recovered the body of a young boy in Fife shortly before midnight. We have informed the family and the investigation continues.
“A person has been detained in connection with the death.
“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.
“As a result of this development clearly there will now be no requirement for any further help in relation to searches in the Drylaw area.”
Mikaeel was last seen on Wednesday on Wednesday night when his mother put him to bed at their home in Ferry Gait Crescent at 9pm. She reported him missing after going to check on him at 7.15am the following day and finding he wasn’t there.
Hundreds of volunteers from the local community joined emergency services in the search for the missing boy.