The family of murdered teen Amber Gibson are “absolutely devastated” by her death, police have said.
The body of the 16-year-old was discovered in Cadzow Glen in Hamilton on Sunday.
Addressing reports in a press conference in Hamilton this afternoon, Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown, from Police Scotland Major Investigations Team West said: “Amber’s family are absolutely devastated by this news. We are supporting them as specialist officers.”
He added: “Amber was a young 16-year-old girl at the start of her life. Obviously, like every young kid at that age she was out, doing what a young girl would do.
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“What I would say is a 16-year-old death is absolutely tragic and certainly one that’s from a homicide. So our focus is to understand Amber’s last movements, so that we can provide some answers to their loved ones.”
The teenager was last seen on Cadzow Street, on Friday night, just yards from the park before being reported missing from her home in the Hillhouse area of the town on Saturday morning.
Police do not have anyone in custody for Amber’s death at this time.
Det Superintendent Brown was asked whether the local community should be worried that Amber’s killer was “on the loose”.
He said the possibility that the killer was known to Amber is a large part of their ongoing investigations.
He said: “At this time we do not have anybody in custody for that, so that person, quite definitely is on the loose, and that’s why we are seeking the support of the community to provide us information that can help us as quickly as possible to apprehend this person and remove him from the community.”
We previously told how heartbreaking floral tributes have been left for the youngster at the park gates.
Police are currently trying to piece together Amber’s last steps and have appealed to anyone in the community with information to come forward.
Chief Inspector Briony Daye, Local Area Commander, added: "We are appealing to people to come forward with anything the may have seen in this area and feed that into us.
"This shocking and distressing news, we are all human and need to come together now because that will help the investigation."
When asked what type of person Amber was Inspector Daye added: "We know Amber was a young girl and that is where we need to build a picture together and find out what tragically has happened to this young girl.
" Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones."
She added: "As a senior officer for this area I want to reassure you we have the officers out there in high visibility controls and are encouraging people to come forward."