Police confirm missing 6-year-old girl found in woodlands was murdered
Police have now confirmed that Alesha MacPhail, the girl who was recently found dead in Scotland, was murdered and that they are on the hunt for the person responsible.
The body of the 6-year-old was found on Monday, July 2, 2018, just three hours after she was reported missing from her grandparents' home in Rothesay.
According to The Telegraph, the police has opened a murder investigation following a post-mortem examination of the body, which was found in the woods near a former hotel.
The schoolgirl was on holiday with her father, 25-year-old Robert MacPhail, and grandparents, 49-year-old Calum MacPhail and 46-year-old Angela MacPhail.
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Alesha's mother, Georgina Lochrane, who is 23 years old, learned of her daughter's disappearance through a Facebook post created by Angela, asking for help to locate the child.
Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston revealed that the police will do everything possible to bring the murderer to justice and that every person involved in the search of the little girl would be interrogated.
🎥WATCH: Police confirm they’re treating the death of a young girl on the Isle of Bute - believed to be six-year-old Alesha MacPhail - as unexplained. A body was found in woodland in Rothesay this morning. pic.twitter.com/0wwiPCkA5x— Radio Clyde News (@RadioClydeNews) July 2, 2018
Upon learning of Alesha's' disappearance, several Rothesay residents joined the search, and Houston is particularly interested in knowing if anyone saw someone acting suspicious, indicating that the killer might have been during the search.
Chief Superintendent Hazel Hendren, on the other hand, tried to put the small community at ease by saying that cases like these are rare and that, therefore, there was nothing to fear.
Still, Hendren advised people to maintain a high level of awareness, and suggest that they should remain vigilant about their children, as well as the security of their homes.
On Tuesday morning, Alesha's family found several tributes to her outside their home, which is located in the Ardbeg area of Rothesay. Flowers, notes, plushies and balloons could be seen at the entrance, representing the love and sorrow felt by the tight-knit community.