Body Confirmed As Missing Teen Paige Doherty

22 March 2016, 15:00 | Updated: 22 March 2016, 15:05

A body found in Clydebank has been confirmed as that of a missing teenage girl and police are treating her death as murder.

Friends and family of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, from the West Dunbartonshire town, launched an appeal after she failed to arrive at her part-time job on Saturday morning.

The body of a female was discovered in a wooded area behind a path off Great Western Road at around 12.45pm on Monday.

Detectives confirmed the body was that of the teenager and said a murder investigation was under way.

She was last seen at around 8.15am when she left a friend's house and it is thought she was making her way to a bus stop to travel to the hairdressers where she worked in Kirkintilloch, around 12 miles away.

But the alarm was raised later when she did not show up.

Missing posters were put up around the town and a dedicated Facebook page was set up to help find her.

Police said they were trying to piece together her movements between Saturday morning and the discovery of the body.

Speaking from the scene on Tuesday, Detective Superintendent Duncan Sloan said: "The body of a 15-year-old girl who was found here yesterday, I can now confirm was positively identified as Paige Doherty who was reported missing from Clydebank on Saturday evening.

"I want to announce that this is being treated as a murder investigation.''

The schoolgirl, who was 4ft 8ins and slim, with long dark hair, was wearing a dark jacket, jeans and white Nike trainers when she went missing.

Mr Sloan, of Police Scotland's major investigations unit, did not reveal the nature of the teenager's injuries but said a post mortem examination will take place on Tuesday afternoon.

The detective said he is "open to all motives'' for the assault.

He described Paige as a "warm'' girl with a future planned ahead of her.