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Family 'utterly devastated' after teen's death on M9

The family of Michael Easton have paid tribute to the 13-year-old. Photo: Police Scotland/PA Wire

The family of 13-year-old Michael Easton have paid tribute to the "quiet and well-behaved boy" after his body was found on the carriageway of the M9 motorway in the early hours of Saturday, near Grangemouth in Scotland.

Officers say 13-year-old Michael Easton from the nearby Polmont area, was last seen around 9.50 pm on Friday evening in Grangemouth, and that he was due to return home. His body was discovered around 5.40am between Junctions 5 and 6.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, his family appealed to those with information to come forward:

We have all been left utterly devastated by the death of our beloved Michael and are still trying to come to terms with our loss.

Michael was a quiet and well-behaved boy, who never caused any trouble and who would have helped anybody. He loved his family deeply.

He was a popular young boy who had a keen interest in biking. One of his prized possessions was his scooter and he and his friends spent several hours each week riding around Grangemouth.

It is difficult not knowing exactly what happened to Michael and we would ask that anyone who knows anything that can help the police with their investigation to pick up the phone.

We would finally like to thank everyone for all of their kind words and messages of support at this very difficult time. It means a great deal to us all and shows how fond the local community was of Michael.

However, we would now ask our privacy be respected to grieve for our son, brother and friend.

Forensic police officers at the scene on the M9 motorway. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Following the discovery of Michael's body, the motorway was closed for police and forensics teams to examine the scene.

We are still in the early stages of trying to establish what happened to Michael and we believe motorists who were on the M9 around 9.50pm on Friday night can be of assistance to us.

Anyone who was travelling on the road at this time and remembers seeing anything that can help our investigation is asked to contact police.

Similarly, any driver or vehicle passenger who believes that they may have witnessed anything, or been involved in a collision in or around this time is also asked to come forward.

  • Those with information that could assist the police inquiry are urged to call Police Scotland. Those calling from within Scotland are asked to call 101. Those calling from outside Scotland should call 01786 289070.