POLICE are treating the death of a young man found on Tuesday afternoon,November 29 2011 in the Steinish area of Stornoway as suspicious.
The man was found during searches in the area for a missing person and he is believed to be missing 16-year-old Liam Aitchison.
Liam is from Uist but had been living in the Stornoway area for the past couple of months. He was last seen on Tuesday 22 November around 9pm in the Anderson Road area. It is believed he may have been in the Co-op in Macaulay Road that evening.
A family liaison officer is keeping the family informed and supported and extra officers have been drafted in to help with the extensive enquiry.
Police are keen to trace Liam’s movements over the previous week and are appealing for anyone who has any information to contact police in Stornoway on 01851 702222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Area Commander Gordon MacLeod said:‘We have had a very positive response so far and I wish to express my thanks to the public for their assistance and for the help we have so far received.
‘Now that this is being treated as a suspicious death,it is important to get as much information as we can about Liam’s movements over the past week so that we can establish what has happened. I would appeal to anyone who has any information to get in touch with us as Stornoway Police Station.’
Update 3pm December 2 2011:
Formal identification has now taken place and police can confirm that the body of the young man found in a derelict building in the Steinish area of Stornoway is Liam Aitchison. A post mortem will take place over the next few days.
Update 4.30pm December 2011:
The family of Liam have issued the following statement via Northern Constabulary:
‘Today has been one of the most heartbreaking days ever,where we had to formally identify Liam. We would like to thank everyone for all the kind words and offers of support.
‘We’d also like to thank the police and our family liaison officers. Most importantly we beg you if you have any information and have not brought it forward as yet we urge you please go to the police. Without this help we can’t get peace.’