A murder investigation has been launched after a body, found in Clydebank, was confirmed as belonging to teenager Paige Doherty.
A missing persons appeal was started after the 15-year-old failed to turn up to collect wages owed to her from a part-time job at a hairdressers on Saturday morning.
The body of a female was then discovered in a wooded area behind a path off Great Western Road at around 12.45pm yesterday – around half a mile from where Paige went missing.
Police Scotland confirmed today that the body belonged to the teenager and a murder investigation is underway.
The 15-year-old had not been seen since she left a sleepover at a friend’s house on the morning she disappeared.
Missing posters were put up around the town and a dedicated Facebook page was set up to help find her.
Tributes have been left on social media, after the tragic news broke this afternoon.
Her mum, Pamela Munro, took to Facebook to thank everyone that took part in the search.
Her stepdad, Andy Munro, added: ‘I would just like to again thank all my friends and others who have helped us in this terrible time. It means a lot to us.’
Police said today they are trying to piece together Paige’s movements between Saturday morning and the discovery of the body.
Speaking from the scene, Detective Superintendent Duncan Sloan said: ‘The body of a 15-year-old girl who was found here yesterday.‘I can now confirm was positively identified as Paige Doherty who was reported missing from Clydebank on Saturday evening.‘I want to announce that this is being treated as a murder investigation.’
Source: Metro News