Fox spotted carrying human hand as horror trail of body parts discovered

Wild animals have scattered body parts through a street where a ‘human hip joint’ was found ‘gnawed’ in a garden and a fox was spotted carrying a severed hand.

The grisly discoveries were made as detectives continue to probe the murder of missing gran Julie Reilly.

Another piece of human body, believed to be a thigh, was found in the same area of Glasgow.

The body parts were discovered by shocked residents, close to a crime scene where ‘a torso’ was found.

Brain injury patient Julie, 47, was last seen in an Aldi store on February 6 and doctors raised the alarm when she missed appointments that month.

On Monday, police revealed a murder investigation is under way, reports the Daily Record.

A pensioner living in the area, who wished to remain anonymous, said she found what appeared to be a human hip joint on Friday.

“I went into the garden and saw the police in the drive of a house near us," she said.

"I was told that part of a leg had been found.

“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 woman’s daughter added: “I went and picked it up.

“There wasn’t any flesh or anything on it but I knew it was a human bone right away — but you don’t want to think it’s part of someone’s body.

“I went and told the police who were at the other house and they sent a forensic team in to search our garden.

"They were here for two days.

“It looks as if the foxes have carried and scattered the bones around the area, they could be everywhere.

“We asked the police if this was related to the missing woman but they said they couldn’t tell us.

"It’s horrific. Hopefully the police know who did this and they catch them soon.”

Another resident told how a neighbour spotted a fox carrying human remains.

“He saw a fox carrying a hand in its mouth," he said.

“There are dens all around this area.”

The neighbour who allegedly saw the fox said: “The police haven’t spoken to me yet.

“I don’t really want to get involved.”

A woman walking her dog in the area yesterday afternoon said: “It’s unbelievable, the sort of thing you hear about in the news but happens somewhere else.”

The area where the body parts have been found is just yards from a major police forensics operation.

Neighbours said the property is privately owned and is rented out as flats.

It’s believed Spanish holidaymakers were staying there when they discovered human remains, sparking the huge police investigation.

One resident said: “I heard that the torso was found in the garden.

“It’s four flats and it was a Spanish family who discovered the body parts.

“The leg was found in a garden.

“We saw the police combing the gardens on Saturday.”

Investigators worked through the night on Monday and the street remained sealed off to the public.

Cops appealed for the public’s help to find two suitcases they believe hold vital evidence linked to the death of Julie.

Staff working at a row of shops which backs on to the property also spoke of their horror at the discoveries.

One woman said: “There was a small tent up on one of the driveways on Friday but you never expect it to be something like this.”

A young mum who lives in the area said police had searched several locations near the crime scene over the weekend.

"The police were searching the old Drumoyne Primary on Saturday night," she said.

"It’s lying derelict.

“They searched the grounds of Govan High on Sunday morning and were in Pirie Park Primary and the recreation ground next to it throughout the weekend.

“It’s horrendous to think that schoolchildren are playing here and could have came across this.”

A bunch of flowers was tied to railings outside St Constantine’s Primary school, close to the crime scene.

A poignant note left with them read: “From just one of the families that has suffered a similar fate, may you rest in peace Julie.”

It is understood Julie was receiving care for a brain injury.

Doctors became concerned when she missed appointments in February.

She was last seen on CCTV in an Aldi supermarket near her home on February 6.

Her final family contact was texting her mum at Christmas.

Earlier this month, Julie’s mum Margaret Hanlon, 69, and sister Lynne Bryce, 36, both of Ayrshire, made a desperate plea for her return.

A 41-year-old man arrested yesterday was last night charged in connection with Julie’s death.

A force spokesman said: “The man is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday.”

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