A community in shock, a broken family and many unanswered questions, Hamilton’s Hannah Miller reports
The family of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a ‘shattered’ park is injured and searching for answers, as police open a murder investigation.
Amber Gibson left her home in the Hillhouse area of Hamilton, south Lanarkshire, around 9.15pm on Friday, November 26.
When she did not return home that night, she was reported missing.
Amber’s body was discovered two days later near Cadzow Glen, just after 10 a.m. on Sunday 28 November.
The police initially treated her death as unexplained, but after an autopsy, they opened a murder investigation.
Investigators are trying to piece together the last movements of the teen, who was seen on the city’s Cadzow Street at about 9.55 p.m. Friday.
Detective Director Raymond Brown said: “Understandably devastated by this sudden loss, her family and loved ones Amber was a 16-year-old girl with her future ahead of her.
“It is essential for us to understand the circumstances that led to her death, not only to provide her family with some answers but also to remove the responsible person from society.
“At this time, the most important thing for us to understand is Amber’s movements on Friday night and any information regarding her movements up to the time she was found dead in the park.
“We know it was on Cadzow Street just before 10 p.m. Friday night where it would have been busy and there would have been pedestrians and motorists and people doing their public business.
“We’ve been asking anyone in that area if they’ve seen Amber to come forward and tell us the circumstances in which they’ve seen them and let us take that information and understand how that can help our investigation.”
Police Scotland said there will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and anyone with a concern can speak with local officers at any time.
The gates to the park and part of Kadzu Street were closed on Wednesday while officers conducted investigations. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 101, citing incident 1281, or call Crimestoppers at 0800555111 to remain anonymous.