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12/12/2018 13:42 GMT

Calton Hill: Tributes Paid To 'Much Loved' Girl, 15, Found Dead In Edinburgh

The body of Mhari O’Neill was found on Saturday morning after she was reported missing.

The family of a teenager found dead in Edinburgh have paid tribute to the “much loved” girl as they appealed for information.

A member of the public found the body of Mhari O’Neill, 15, on Calton Hill at around 6.30am on Saturday, after she was reported missing in the early hours of the morning.

Police are treating the death as unexplained as they try to piece together what happened in her final hours.

Officers believe the teenager, who was from the Willowbrae area, met a friend in the city centre near Waverley Station on Friday before later going to Calton Hill.

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, her family said: “Mhari was much loved by all that knew her and we know that her passing will have a profound impact on her closest friends, as it has ourselves.

“Mhari was considering applying to attend university and one of her main passions was music; she loved going to gigs.

“What we need now is to find out exactly what happened to Mhari and we want anyone who thinks they may have information to get in touch with the police.

“We thank everyone for their support and ask that we be left in privacy to grieve at this time.”

Her passing will have a profound impact on her closest friends, as it has ourselvesMhari O’Neill

Police are urging anyone with information about the teenager’s movements to contact them.

Detective Inspector Susan Balfour, from the force’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Our deepest sympathies are with Mhari’s family and friends at this time and we are carrying out a thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding her death.”

She added: “Mhari’s death is currently unexplained and her movements for a number of hours prior to her body being found are unaccounted for.

“We are committed to providing Mhari’s family with as much information in relation to her death as possible and anyone who can assist with our ongoing inquiry is urged to come forward.

“Naturally, we are working closely with partners in education to help support any young people who may have been affected by Mhari’s death.”

Anyone with information can contact the Major Investigation Team in Edinburgh via 101 and quote incident number 900 of December 8.