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Missing Girl Moyra Liz As-Chainey: Police Find Body

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 Moyra Liz As-Chainey was last seen early on Wednesday morning
Moyra Liz As-Chainey was last seen early on Wednesday morning

Police searching for a missing teenage girl have found a body.

Sixteen-year-old Moyra Liz As-Chainey was last seen at 8.30am on Wednesday at her home in the village of Edderton, Easter Ross.

The body was discovered in woods near Edderton at about 4pm on Friday, Northern Constabulary said.

Around 50 people took part in a large-scale hunt for the girl on Thursday, whose disappearance was said to be totally out of character.

An RAF search and rescue helicopter, mountain rescue teams, coastguards, police and four search and rescue dogs were all involved.

Police teams - joined by partners from other agencies - continued with a concentrated search in the Edderton area on Friday and found the body.

Although it has not been formally identified, the search has been stood down and the teenager's family has been informed of the discovery.

Police said it was too early to say whether or not the death was suspicious.

Moyra is originally from the Netherlands and a fifth-year pupil at Tain Royal Academy.

School rector Donnie MacLeod said: "News of Moyra's disappearance is a real concern to staff, pupils and people in the community who know her."

A Northern Constabulary spokesman said: "The search for Moyra has now been stood down and police would like to thank the public for their support throughout.

"A Police Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to support the family at this difficult time.

"A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal."