Girl, 6, whose body was found in woodland hours after she went missing pictured

This is the first picture of the young girl whose body was found in woodland on the grounds of a former hotel.

The girl, named as Alesha MacPhail, from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, was reported missing by family at 6.25am this morning.

Gran Angela King pleaded on Facebook just before 6.45am for people to help look for the six-year-old, writing: "Alesha has gone missing from our house please help look for her".

While another family member replied to comments on the post stating Alesha had gone ‘missing from her bed.’

At about 9am, officers confirmed the tragic news that a body of a young girl had been found on the site of a former hotel on the island.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "At around 6.25am this morning, police were informed a six-year-old girl was missing in Rothesay.

"A search was undertaken to try and locate the child.

"At around 9am the body of a young female child was discovered in the grounds of an old hotel, Cames Hydro Hotel.

"An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident."

Devastated family and friends have been paying tribute to Alesha.


Michelle Barrett said: "I’m so sorry for your loss there are no words to comprehend what all of you are going through sending my love and prayers xx"

Jackie Kane added: "Thinking of you all Angela my heart is breaking for your little angel. Will remember her little cheery face forever xxxxxx".

While Andrina Lewis said she couldn’t stop crying.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Angie. Can’t imagine the pain you are going through," she added.

Gran Angela’s Facebook page is full of pictures of Alesha, including a video of the bubbly youngster recording herself chatting away and eating crisps, which was recorded in August last year.

The Isle of Bute is an island in the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.

As of 2011, Bute had a population of just under 6,500 people and the main town, Rothesay is linked to the mainland by ferry.

Tourism and farming are the main industries on the island.

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