Police confirm body found in woodland is that of missing schoolgirl Paige Doherty

Collect of teenager Paige Doherty who was reported missing after she failed to show up at the hairdressers were she worked. Police at the scene in Clydebank, Dumbartonshire, where the body of a female, as yet unidentified, was found in a wooded area near Great Western Road yesterday afternoon. Police Scotland continue to search for 15-year-old Clydebank girl Paige Doherty, who has been missing since Saturday morning MARCH 22 2016 See Centre Press story CPPAIGE;See Centre Press story CPPAIGE;

A murder investigation has been launched after a body, found in Clydebank, was confirmed as belonging to teenager Paige Doherty.

Collect of teenager Paige Doherty who was reported missing after she failed to show up at the hairdressers were she worked. Police at the scene in Clydebank, Dumbartonshire, where the body of a female, as yet unidentified, was found in a wooded area near Great Western Road yesterday afternoon. Police Scotland continue to search for 15-year-old Clydebank girl Paige Doherty, who has been missing since Saturday morning MARCH 22 2016 See Centre Press story CPPAIGE;See Centre Press story CPPAIGE;

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.

A police forensic officer at the site where the body of Paige Doherty was found near Great Western Road in Clydebank. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. Friends and family of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, from the West Dunbartonshire town, launched an appeal after she failed to arrive at her part-time job on Saturday morning. See PA story POLICE Body. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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.

A policeman at the scene where the body Paige Doherty was found near Great Western Road in Clydebank. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 22, 2016. Friends and family of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, from the West Dunbartonshire town, launched an appeal after she failed to arrive at her part-time job on Saturday morning. See PA story POLICE Body. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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

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