Liam Aitchison: Body was found after he was missing for a week.
A murder inquiry has been launched into the death of a 16-year-old boy in Stornoway.
Liam’s Aitchison’s body was found in a derelict property in the Steinish area on Tuesday, November 29, a week after he was reported missing.
Detective chief inspector Kenny Anderson confirmed that the death was being treated as murder after a post mortem exam was carried out.
Northern Constabulary has now set up a murder enquiry team to investigate the teenager’s death.
It is the first murder in Lewis since 1968.
On Monday officers were searching a house in the Plasterfield area of the town in connection with the investigation.
Last Friday forensic teams were searching the area around the derelict building where Liam’s body was discovered.
DCI Anderson said: “The response from the community in Stornoway to appeals for information has been very positive and I would appeal to anyone who may have information in relation to this crime to contact the the incident room at Stornoway police station.
“In particular, we wish to trace witnesses who may have seen three people wearing hooded type tops, who were seen walking in the Steinish village area shortly after midnight on Tuesday, November 22, into the early hours of the next day.”
The teenager’s family issued a statement on Friday saying they were “heartbroken” at Liam’s death.
The boy, originally from Uist, had only been living in Stornoway for a few months, but was popular with local people in the area.
He was last seen on Anderson Road on Tuesday, November 22, the same day he failed to appear for a court hearing.
It is thought he was at the Coop store on Macaulay Road at around 9pm the same evening.
Officers searching for the missing teenager found his body in a derelict building.
Anyone with information can get in touch with Stornoway police station on 01851 702222 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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