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VIDEO: 'Alesha's family is utterly devastated' - murder inquiry launched after death of six-year-old girl


Police investigating the death of a six-year-old girl on holiday on a Scottish island have launched a murder inquiry.

Alesha MacPhail was reported missing on Monday morning while staying with relatives in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Her body was later found in woodland by a member of the public.

Police Scotland confirmed they are treating her death as murder following the results of a post-mortem examination but have not specified how she died.

Detectives are keen to speak to anyone involved in the search for Alesha, a pupil at Chapelside Primary School in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, while local officers urged island residents to be vigilant about the safety of their children and the security of their homes.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston said: "Alesha's family is utterly devastated and we are continuing to provide them with the support they require at this incredibly distressing time.

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