Police believe the son of a woman who vanished nearly 15 years ago has moved abroad
Sean Flynn moved from Edinburgh to Glasgow after he was cleared by a jury of killing his mother, Louise Tiffney, 43, and disposing of her body.
Detectives believe skeletal remains disturbed by wildlife near an East Lothian stately home are hers.
Flynn then 21, walked free from the High Court in Perth in 2005 on a not proven acquittal – despite his mother’s blood being in his car – and has served a sentence for killing his cousin and best friend in a car smash.
He moved to Glasgow and lived at two addresses in the city before being declared bankrupt in 2009.
Police believe he left the country for Europe just months after Scotland’s double jeopardy law was repealed.
Sean Flynn moved from Edinburgh to Glasgow after he was cleared by a jury of killing his mother
Louise Tiffney's remains are understood to have been found in a shallow grave over the weekend
The inquiry into Sunday’s discovery at Gosford House near Longniddry was passed to the elite Police Scotland Major Investigation Team, which mainly deals with murders and high-profile serious crimes. Shallow grave experts have been drafted in from Dundee University to assist with recovery of the remains.
It’s the obvious move, given that we are working in the firm belief that the remains are those of Louise Tiffney
The same scientists helped solve the killing of Dublin woman Philomena Dunleavy, 66, slain by her son, 41-year-old James, and buried on Edinburgh’s Corstorphine Hill in 2014.
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Detectives are convinced the newly-discovered remains are those of Louise Tiffney, who disappeared from her Edinburgh home in May 2002, following a row with her son.
Flynn, now 36, maintained his innocence throughout a 22-day trial and insisted that his mother had walked out following a row.
She disappeared from her Edinburgh home in May 2002 after a row with her son
He could face a fresh murder trial if the remains are those of his mother and they provide detectives with fresh evidence to present to prosecutors.
Efforts are now under way to trace him. A senior source said: “It’s the obvious move, given that we are working in the firm belief that the remains are those of Louise Tiffney.
“The first person we’d want to talk to is going to be the same person who was cleared of murdering her and hiding her body.”