Body found in woodland identified as missing teenage girl

Amber Gibson, 16, went missing in Hamilton on Friday night.

Body found in woodland identified as missing teenage girl Police Scotland

The body of a girl found in a wooded area in South Lanarkshire has been formally identified as that of a missing 16-year-old.

Amber Gibson, also known as Amber Niven, disappeared in Hamilton shortly before 10pm on Friday.

She had last been seen on Cadzow Street.

On Sunday morning, at around 10.15am, emergency services were alerted to a body near to Cadzow Glen.

The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries remain ongoing.

Chief inspector Briony Daye said: “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 101, quoting incident 1281 of November 28.”

On Monday afternoon, South Lanarkshire Council warned that Cadzow Street, between Leechlee Road and Auchingramont Road, remains “temporarily closed”.

Posting on Twitter, the local authority said: “Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area and seek alternative routes where possible.

“Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this matter.”