Body of girl, 15, found near city centre landmark

The body of a teenage girl who vanished in the early hours of Saturday has been found near a city centre landmark.

The 15-year-old – who has not been named – was discovered at 6.30am near Edinburgh’s famous Calton Hill.

Police were made aware of the missing girl and a search was underway to trace her prior to the discovery of her body, reports the Daily Record.

The area was sealed off for several hours following the tragic discovery which police are treating as "unexplained."

Calton Hill is a hill in central Edinburgh and is the headquarters of the Scottish Government.

Nearby are the National Monument, the Nelson Monument and the Dugald Stewart Monument among other landmarks.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Police in Edinburgh are investigating following the death of a 15-year-old girl, who was found on Calton Hill at around 6.30am on Saturday 8th December.

"The girl had been reported missing during the early hours of Saturday morning and search activity was underway to trace her prior to the discovery of her body.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing."

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