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Man arrested after 16-year-old girl ‘murdered’ in park

A man has been arrested after a girl, 16, ‘with her future ahead of her’ was found dead in a park.

A murder investigation was launched after Amber Gibson’s body was discovered in Cadzow Glen park, South Lanarkshire on Sunday.

The young woman’s family raised the alarm when she didn’t come home after going out on Friday night.

Her death was initially treated as ‘unexplained’ but a murder probe was launched yesterday following a post-mortem.

A teenager, 19, has been arrested in connection with her death, Police Scotland said today. Officers have not said what he has been arrested on suspicion of.

Amber’s loved ones are ‘devastated by this untimely loss’, Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown said.

Officers are now 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 Brown said: ‘It’s imperative for us to understand the circumstances that led to her death to provide her family with some answers.

A police scene at Cadzow Glen park in Hamilton where the body of Amber Gibson was discovered at around 10.10am on Sunday. The 16-year-old left her home in the Hillhouse area of Hamilton at around 9.15pm on Friday evening and was reported missing later that night after she did not return home. Picture date: Wednesday December 1, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SCOTLAND Teenager . Photo credit should read: Lucinda Cameron/PA Wire
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‘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.’

The gates to Glen park and part of Cadzow Street have been cordoned off and there will be an increased police presence over the next few days.

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