Tributes to schoolgirl who was found dead under bridge on M9

Anna Johnson, 15, found beneath bridge on M9 at Cambusbarron on morning of January 22 2013.
Anna Johnson: The 15-year-old's body was found on the motorway.

Tributes have been paid to a schoolgirl who was found dead under a bridge on the M9.

The body of Anna Johnson was discovered on the northbound motorway near junction nine Bannockburn Interchange, in Stirlingshire, on Tuesday morning.

The 15-year-old pupil at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, Perthshire, was found dead by a passing motorist under Cambusbarron Bridge.

Central Scotland Police are appealing for anyone who saw Anna in the area between 6.15am and 7am to contact them.

Anna’s father Paul told the Daily Record: "The whole family are devastated. We can’t believe she is gone."

Simon Pengelley, rector of Anna's school, said: "All the staff and pupils at Morrison’s Academy are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Anna Johnson. She was a well-respected and popular pupil and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this sad time.

"The school is committed to supporting the police during their investigation and will be conducting our own internal investigations therefore it would be inappropriate of us to provide any further comment at this time.

"Our immediate focus is to provide all the necessary support to Anna’s family, our pupils and their parents as well as our staff."

Friends and fellow school pupils took to social networking site Twitter to pay tribute to the teenager.

Shannon Aitchinson wrote: "Just went to put flowers down on the bridge! So emotional! Can't believe the wee scone is gone! Rip Anna! You will be missed!"

While Matthew Scott tweeted: "RIP Anna. Gone but never forgotten. Such a shame, thoughts go out to your family."

Anyone with information relating to the death should call Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000.

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