Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of the 16-year-old girl who had been reported missing. 

The body of Amber Gibson was discovered in Cadzow Glen near Hamilton on Sunday night. 

Police Scotland initially treated her death as "unexplained", but have now said that a murder investigation has been launched. 

Ms Gibson had been reported missing from the Hamilton area on Friday, 26 November, and is known to have left her home in the Hillhouse area around 9.15pm that night.

She was last seen in the town's Cadzow Street around 9.55pm, before her body was discovered near to Cadzow Glen around 10.10am on Sunday, 28 November.

HeraldScotland:

Forensic officers at the scene today 

Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown, from Police Scotland Major Investigations Team West, said: “Our thoughts very much remain with Amber’s loved ones and we will continue to support them through this terrible time.

“Whilst our enquiries continue, we are asking for anyone with any information on what happened to Amber, or anyone who believes they saw her at any point of her movements between Friday and Sunday, to please come forward.”

Chief Inspector Briony Daye, Local Area Commander, said: “I’d like to reassure the local community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and there is not any risk to other members of the public.

“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and anyone with concerns can speak with local officers at any time."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 1281 of 28 November. Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.