The family of the murdered Amanda Duffy is among those who have sent messages of support to their loved ones tragic Amber Gibson.
The 16-year-old’s body was found in the woods in Hamilton Sunday, after she had been reported missing two days earlier.
The discovery was made less than a mile from where the body of a 19-year-old drama student Amanda Duffy was found in 1992.
Amanda had been strangled and brutally beaten, but the main suspect in the case was later acquitted of her murder following the controversial “unproven” verdict.
Amanda’s father Joe, who later set up The Manda Center to offer support to those experiencing trauma, joined members of the community yesterday and sent condolences to Amber’s family.
He said: “From myself and the entire Duffy family, we will send our heartfelt condolences and prayers.
“It’s absolutely tragic and we hope they can find their way through it.
“If there is anything we can do to help, please contact.”
Amber, who was also known by the surname Niven, was last seen on the town’s Cadzow Street around 9.55pm on Friday night before being reported missing from her home in Hillhouse on Saturday morning.
Her body was found in a wooded area by Cadzow Glen on Sunday at 10.10am Scotland Police confirmed that it had launched a murder investigation on Tuesday night.
At a news conference in Hamilton on Wednesday, Detective Raymond Brown sent his heartfelt condolences to Amber’s loved ones.
He said: “Amber was a young 16-year-old girl at the beginning of her life. It is clear that she, like all young children of that age, was out doing what a young girl wanted to do.
“Our focus is to understand Amber’s last movements so we can give some answers to their loved ones.”
Amber’s family is said to be “absolutely devastated” and being backed by specialists.
It was reported on Wednesday night that a 19-year-old man has now been arrested in connection with the teenager’s death.
Meanwhile, locals have spoken of their shock over the revelation that the teenager had allegedly been murdered.
One resident said, “I visit that park all the time and I never imagined this would happen.
“I’m afraid to use it in the future.”
Lanarkshire charity FAMS (Families Affected by Murder and Suicide) has also offered its support to those struggling with grief.
Co-founder Ann Marie Cocozza said: “FAMS has seen these tragic events unfold in society in recent days.
“We have experience dealing with this type of trauma and are heard to offer support to the community, including everyone at all who has been affected by the loss of Amber.”
South Lanarkshire Council chiefs also promised to do everything they could to support Scotland’s police investigation after it emerged she had been in their custody.
It is understood that Amber had been staying in a nearby nursing home before her tragic death.
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