POLICE are stepping up their appeal to the public for information of the last movements of teenager Liam Aitchison in the belief that the body of a young male found in a disused building in the Steinish area of Stornoway is that of the missing 16 year old.
A suspicious death enquiry has now been set up to investigate, as DCI Kenny Anderson, Senior Investigating Officer, said today (Thursday, December 1): “We are treating the death as suspicious due to the nature of the initial scene where the body was found.”
Western Isles Commander, Chief Inspector Gordon Macleod, said that although it is believed the body may be Liam Aitchison, at this time no formal identification has been made.
The formal ID will take place in Inverness following the results of a post mortem, also being carried out in the Highland capital.
DCI Anderson expanded that the enquiry was in “early stages”, but that a “significant number” of officers from the mainland with “specific expertise” have been recruited to assist the investigation.
Extensive house to house enquiries have already been carried out in the Steinish area, however, police are calling on the public as they seek to trace the movements of Liam from the time of his last sighting – at the Co-op store on Macaulay Road, Tuesday, November 22 at 9pm – to the discovery of the body at 2pm on Tuesday, November 29.
“We have already had a very positive response from the public to enquiries,” said Chief Inspector Gordon MacLeod, “ And we would like to thank everyone for their time and assistance.
“At this time we believe this to be the body of Liam Aithison and our thoughts are with his friends and family,” he added.
If anyone has any information or saw or heard anything about Liam during the week of his disappearance, they are asked to contact the incident room at Stornoway Police Station on 01851 702222 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.