Girl, 6, killed in ‘horrendous and rare murder case’ on Scottish isle

Edinburgh – Police are hunting for the killer of a 6-year-old girl on Scotland’s remote Isle of Bute, a rare crime in such a small community.

The six year old, Alesha MacPhail was visiting relatives on the island, her body was found in woodland near the town of Rothesay early on Monday morning.

Police on Bute, 40 miles (about 65 km) from Glasgow off Britain’s northwestern coast, are conducting a detailed investigation, included going door-to-door for any information from residents in the island of 6 500 people and warning residents to lock their doors.

Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston to reporters, “Our absolute priority is catching the person responsible for this horrendous act as quickly as possible,”

“Incidents such as this are extremely rare but we are still in the early stages of this investigation and we would ask people to be vigilant about their children and also about their household security. The island community has to pull together at times like this.”

Due to the crime, more officers were brought in from the mainland to hunt for the killer, with officers patrolling the area 24 hours a day.

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