Amber Gibson: Teenager arrested over death of 16-year-old schoolgirl

A community in shock, a devastated family and many unanswered questions, Hannah Miller reports from Hamilton


Police investigating the death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found in a park have arrested a 19-year-old man.

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 to Cadzow Glen, shortly after 10am on Sunday, November 28.

Police were initially treating her death as unexplained but following a post-mortem examination, they have launched a murder investigation.

Detectives are trying to piece together the last movements of the teenager, who was seen in the town's Cadzow Street at around 9.55pm on Friday.

Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown said: "Her family and loved ones are understandably devastated by this untimely loss, Amber was a 16-year-old girl with her future in front of her.

"It's imperative for us to understand the circumstances that led to her death, to not only provide her family with some answers but also to remove the person responsible from the community.

"At this time the most important thing for us to understand is Amber's movements across Friday evening and any information regarding her movements up to the time she was found dead in the park.

"We know she was in Cadzow Street just shortly before 10pm on Friday night, which would have been busy, there would have been pedestrians, motorists and people going about their general business.

"We would ask anyone in that area if they did see Amber to come forward and tell us what the circumstances in which they've seen her are and allow us to take that information and understand how that may assist our investigation."

Police Scotland said there will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and anyone with concerns can speak with local officers at any time.

It is understood the teenager was a pupil at Moore House Academy in Bathgate, West Lothian, which is privately run and cares for children aged 11 to 18 who have faced social and educational challenges.

The school has been contacted for comment.