Tributes to mum and child
Bennylyn Burke. Picture: Avon and Somerset police
TRIBUTES have been paid to a mother and her young daughter who were found dead after disappearing from their home.
Bennylyn Burke had lived in Staple Hill after moving there around two years ago.
The mother-of-two, who then moved to Kingswood last year, was reported missing at the beginning of March.
A man was later arrested and charged with murdering Bennylyn, who was 25, and her two-year-old daughter Jellica, and on March 18 two bodies were found hidden in a house in Dundee by Police Scotland.
Staple Hill and Mangotsfield South Gloucestershire councillor Ian Boulton knew Bennylyn and her two daughters when they lived in the area. He said she had been an active member of the Staple Hill and Mangotsfield Residents Facebook group and had “regularly engaged with our threads and posts”.
Ian said: “As one of Bennylyn's ward councillors I met her and her beautiful daughters. As you can imagine, the news (of her death) knocked me for six.” He urged anyone who had knowledge of Bennylyn’s life and circumstances which might help police understand more about her to call 101 and ask for Police Scotland, then quote the incident reference number 1434 of March 5.
Bennylyn, who moved to the UK from the Philippines, has been described as “friendly and such a loving mother” by a friend.
Police Scotland say the bodies of Bennylyn and Jellica were “discovered concealed within a house in Troon Avenue, Dundee, following extensive enquiries by detectives and forensic experts”.
Her other child is being supported, the police added.