DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a teenager girl are begging the public to help them find answers for her “devastated” family.
Amber Gibson, 16, was found dead in a park after vanishing on Friday evening from the Hillhouse area of Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
The schoolgirl was last spotted in the town's Cadzow Street around 40 minutes later and a desperate search had been carried out over the weekend.
Her body was discovered on Sunday morning in woodland in a park, with police launching a murder probe yesterday.
A huge police investigation was launched which saw the park and nearby roads sealed of as officers probed for clues.
The detective leading the inquiry has pleaded with members of the public to come forward with any information which may lead them to identifying Amber's killer.
Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown said: "At this time, our primary line of enquiry is to understand Amber’s movements on Friday evening.
“What we are really needing from the community is to understand her movements on Friday night and indeed if we can fill the information from the time she left her home address up until the period she was found
“We know Hamilton would have been busy at that time of night – anybody who was in the area, whether it be they were pedestrian, shopping, out for the evening or passing by in their car.
"If they saw Amber to come forward and provide us with information about any sightings.
"As you would expect Amber's family are absolutely devastated by this news and we are supporting them with specialist officers.
"The most important thing for them is for them to understand what happened to Amber so the focus of our investigation is to gather that information and that is where the community comes in because they might hold a piece of information."
Floral tributes have been left at the scene and heartfelt messages of condolence have poured in for Amber on social media,
One said: "Absolutely heartbreaking, prayers for Ambers family and friends. Fly high with the Angels beautiful girl."
Another wrote: "Heartbreaking. Thinking of Ambers family. Hope the killer is found and brought to justice quickly.
"Poor girl. Rest in peace Amber You didn’t deserve this, thinking of you angel."
A third said: "Absolutely gutted for her poor family, no family should have to go through what they will be going through.
"Heartfelt condolences to her family and all involved, rest easy Amber."
Chief Inspector Briony Daye, added: “I’d like to reassure the local community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and there is not any risk to other members of the public.
“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and anyone with concerns can speak with local officers at any time."
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 1281 of November 28.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.