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Murder probe launched after schoolgirl, 16, found in park as kids played in snow

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Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of missing schoolgirl Amber Gibson was found in a park over the weekend.

The 16-year-old was reported missing on Friday (November 26) from her hometown of Hamilton, Scotland, whilst heavy snow was falling across the country.

At around 10.10am on Sunday police discovered the body of a young woman in Hamilton's Cadzow Glen Park. They later confirmed that it was Amber.

Streets around the park were cordoned off as officers conducted enquiries.

Police Scotland have now confirmed that they are hunting a killer who they believe took the young girl’s life, reports The Daily Record.

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 Hamilton at around 9.15pm on Friday.

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."

At present, no arrests have been confirmed by the force in relation to the investigation.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 1281 of 28 November. Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if they wish to remain anonymous.

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