Police have confirmed that the death of missing Scots school girl Amber Gibson is being treated as murder after her body was found in a Hamilton park.
The 16-year-old had been reported missing on Friday before the grim discovery was made near Cadzow Glen at around 10.10am on Sunday.
An unexplained death probe was launched and a large cordon put in place as forensic officers scoured the scene for clues.
Meanwhile, devastated pals paid tribute to the teenager as news of her death shocked the local community with floral tributes also left near the park.
Police Scotland have now confirmed that they are hunting a killer who they believe took the young girl’s life.
Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown, from Police Scotland Major Investigations Team West, said: “Our thoughts very much remain with Amber’s loved ones and we will continue to support them through this terrible time.
“Whilst our enquiries continue, we are asking for anyone with any information on what happened to Amber, or anyone who believes they saw her at any point of her movements between Friday and Sunday, to please come forward.”
Investigators say Amber, who also uses the surname Niven, left her home in the Hillhouse area of the town at around 9.15pm on Friday, November 26.
She was last seen in Cadzow Street at around 9.55pm before her body was discovered near to Cadzow Glen two days later.
Local residents have been told to expect an increased police presence in the surrounding area in the coming days.
Chief Inspector Briony Daye, Local Area Commander, 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 28 November. Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.
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