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Teenager accused of Jodi murder
Jodii Jones
Jodi's body was found on a wooded path
A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of Midlothian teenager Jodi Jones.

The 14-year-old schoolgirl's mutilated body was discovered in woodland near to her home in Easthouses last summer.

The boy appeared before Sheriff John Horsburgh at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with murder and with an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

A Crown Office spokesman said the teenager made no plea and was remanded to secure accommodation.

The schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrived and left court on Thursday in a police van.

He was accompanied by a social worker during the 25-minute appearance before the sheriff, which took place in private.

The teenager is due to appear in court again in about a week's time for a second private hearing.

On Wednesday, the boy's 45-year-old mother was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and was released.

A report is due to be sent to the procurator fiscal, Lothian and Borders Police said.

House search

Jodi's body was found near a wooded path in the Newbattle area of Dalkeith on 30 June.

Her mother Judy had become anxious when the teenager failed to return home after going out to meet her boyfriend.

Friends and family began a search for Jodi, and her body was discovered a short time later.

On Wednesday, police forensic teams carried out examinations at a house in her home town of Dalkeith.

Police van
The boy arrived at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in a police van
In the weeks following her death, Jodi's family paid tribute to the "typical teenager".

Flowers were laid near where Jodi, nicknamed Toad, was found and at the gates of her school, St David's Roman Catholic Secondary.

Her funeral was held at Gorebridge Parish Church in September last year.

Her mother Judy, older brother Joseph and sister Janine, and two detectives who attended the funeral, all wore a tiny sunflower emblem - Jodi's favourite flower - as a mark of respect.

She was buried at Gorebridge Cemetery alongside her father Jimmy, who was 39 when he died five years before his daughter.

BBC Scotland's Isabel Fraser
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