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Fox is seen carrying a human hand as police investigate grandmother’s death

Officers investigating the death of Julie Reilly, 47, have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with her disappearance while enquires are ongoing

Horrified neighbours described finding human body parts littered around a street — including one man who saw a fox carrying away a human hand.

The grisly findings were made as police in Glasgow investigate the death of grandmother Julie Reilly. 

Ms Reilly was missing for more than two months before police this week confirmed she was now deceased. 

It came amid residents in Govan, south-west Glasgow, reporting they found body parts in and around a garden. 

They include one neighbour who claims another man spotted a fox carrying a human hand away in its mouth. 

A pensioner also told of how she found what appeared to be a hip joint.

‘I went into the garden and saw the police in the drive of a house near us. I was told that part of a leg had been found,’ she told The Daily Record. 

‘I decided to have a look around and found a bone in my own garden which looked like a hip joint — it was a human bone.

‘There were teeth marks on it as if the foxes had been chewing it.’

The grisly revelations come after claims body parts were found by a family staying in a holiday rental flat as police investigate grandmother’s death. 

Officers are investigating the death of Julie Reilly, 47, who vanished more than two months ago, and have charged a 41-year-old man in connection.

Detectives are also appealing for information about two missing suitcases they believe are connected to Ms Reilly’s death. 

The police probe took a shocking twist after locals claimed 'body parts were found in gardens' on a street in Govan, south-west Glasgow

The police probe took a shocking twist after locals claimed ‘body parts were found in gardens’ on a street in Govan, south-west Glasgow

Forensics had put up a blue tent in the overgrown garden between two houses on Drumoyne Drive, just a few streets from where Julie lived on Shieldhall Road

Forensics had put up a blue tent in the overgrown garden between two houses on Drumoyne Drive, just a few streets from where Julie lived on Shieldhall Road

The grandmother was last seen at an Aldi store in Paisley Road more than two months ago  

The grandmother was last seen at an Aldi store in Paisley Road more than two months ago  

The grandmother, of Glasgow, went missing more than two months ago on February 15, after failing to arrive at several appointments.

The police probe took a shocking twist after locals claimed ‘body parts were found in gardens’ on a street in Govan, south-west Glasgow.

Police will not confirm whether the remains are those of the grandmother.

A force spokesman said yesterday: ‘Unfortunately officers can now confirm that Julie Reilly is now deceased and they are treating her death as murder.’ 

Forensics had put up a blue tent in the overgrown garden between two houses on Drumoyne Drive, just a few streets from where Julie lived on Shieldhall Road.

A neighbour who lives on the street said: ‘I heard that the torso was found in the garden.

Police will not confirm whether the remains are those of the grandmother

Police will not confirm whether the remains are those of the grandmother

A woman who worked in a local business said: 'It's quite scary. We've heard about it in the last couple of months - everybody knows everybody here'

A woman who worked in a local business said: ‘It’s quite scary. We’ve heard about it in the last couple of months – everybody knows everybody here’

‘It’s four flats being used for holiday rentals and yesterday it was a Spanish family who discovered body parts.

‘The leg was found in a garden Ardsheil Road because we saw the police combing the gardens on Saturday.’

A woman who worked in a local business said: ‘It’s quite scary. We’ve heard about it in the last couple of months – everybody knows everybody here.

‘I know that they found a thigh in a garden. Everybody else knows that other parts have been found in a lot of the gardens on Ardhsiel Road.

‘It’s sad but I hope it gives the family some closure. There’s been a lot of police activity this morning.’

Police yesterday appealed for information about two suitcases detectives wish to trace in connection with the grandmother’s disappearance. 

St Constantines primary and nursery school, Govan Health centre, a local cafe, shop, hairdressers, butchers and a pharmacy are all situated nearby.

Police yesterday appealed for information about two suitcases detectives wish to trace in connection with the grandmother's disappearance. Pictured: Two officers at the scene 

Police yesterday appealed for information about two suitcases detectives wish to trace in connection with the grandmother’s disappearance. Pictured: Two officers at the scene 

A man talks with police and forensic officers at the scene in Govan, south-west Glasgow today 

A man talks with police and forensic officers at the scene in Govan, south-west Glasgow today 

DCI Mark Bell of Police Scotland Major Investigation Teams (West) is renewing his appeal to the public for information about the suitcases

DCI Mark Bell of Police Scotland Major Investigation Teams (West) is renewing his appeal to the public for information about the suitcases

A bouquet of roses had been tied to railings close to the school.

A note attached to them read: ‘From just one of the families that has suffered a similar fate, may you rest in peace Julie.’

A local woman, with a child at the nursery, said: ‘It’s just shocking.

‘It’s sad. It’s terrible. I was born and bred down the road and nothing like this has happened from what I can remember.’

DCI Mark Bell of Police Scotland Major Investigation Teams (West) is renewing his appeal to the public for information.

He said: ‘Enquiries carried out so far have revealed that two suitcases may contain evidence regarding Julie’s disappearance.

‘The suitcases are believed to have been discarded in the south side of Glasgow, particularly in the Cardonald, Cessnock and Govan areas of the city.

‘They may have been left at a roadway, in a garden path, a park, a pathway or on waste ground.

‘Members of the public with any information regarding Julie’s disappearance, or who have recently observed a discarded suitcase in those areas, are urged to contact police as a matter of urgency.’

Julie’s mum Margaret Hanlon, 69, who is from Auchinleck in East Ayrshire, last heard from her daughter on Christmas day. 

The flat was previously thought to be rented out by AirBnB, but a spokesman today told MailOnline that they had no reservations at properties in or around the area where the discovery was made, and the group which made the discovery were not Airbnb guests.

The property was today still featured on other holiday listing platforms Booking.com and Home Sure Properties.

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