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Police have confirmed that the body of a missing teenage girl, 16, has been found in a park following a frantic search.
Amber Gibson – also known as Amber Niven – from Hamilton, Scotland, had been reported missing on Friday.
Following a search over the weekend, police in Lanarkshire announced that the body of a young woman was discovered in Hamilton’s Cadzow Glen Park.
Cadzow Street and the below Glen were swiftly closed off to the public whilst enquires and identification were ongoing, reports The Daily Record.
On Monday police confirmed that it was Amber's body. Enquiries are still ongoing and the death is being treated as unexplained.
Chief Inspector Briony Daye told Lanarkshire Live: “At this time, our thoughts are very much with Amber’s loved ones as they come to terms with this terrible loss.
“As we continue our enquiries, there will be an increased police presence in the area. I’d like to thank the public for their assistance so far and ask anyone with information who hasn’t already spoken with officers to please call police.”
Locals reported seeing children building snowmen and having snowball fights in the Hamilton park shortly before a heavy police presence swooped on the area early on Sunday morning.
Officers cordoned off Cadzow Street from the junction at Leechlee Road up to Hamilton Town House at Auchingramont Road, whilst police also remain on the scene at two entrances to the Glen at Back Row.
Businesses in the area were, however, allowed to open yesterday.
One local said: “It was all very quiet early on Sunday morning apart from few families and children enjoying the snowfall and building snowmen and having snowball fights in the Glen.
“Then all of a sudden there was police everywhere and it was all cordoned off.
“I went out to ask, but they couldn’t tell me anything. They have been here ever since guarding the place all night.
“They don’t seem to look like they are packing up either, it must be serious.”
Anyone with information should contact the police on 101. Information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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