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MURDER HUNT AS BODY OF GIRL, 17 FOUND BURNED; Police pledge to catch Zoe's killer.

Byline: Donna Watson

A MURDER hunt was underway yesterday after the badly burned body of a teenage girl was found.

The victim was named last night as 17-year-old Zoe Nelson, of Crindledyke Crescent, Newmains, Lanarkshire.

The grim discovery was made in a field behind Branchalfield Drive in nearby Cambusnethan on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Superintendent Derek Robertson, leading the hunt, said: "Zoe's family are She was popular girl and well known in the area."

He added: "From our enquiries so far, we know Zoe left home on Saturday evening around 5pm.

"We would obviously be very keen to find out where she was, and who she was with, between then and 4.20pm on Sunday.

"Zoe was 5ft6in tall, of heavy build, with collarlength brown hair.

"She was last seen wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a white, long sleeved T-shirt and black Nike trainers. She was known to frequent the Newmains, Cambusnethan and Coltness areas."

Last night, the man who found Zoe's body spoke of his horrific discovery, just yards from his back door.

The man, who asked not to be identified, said: "I saw the body about 100 yards from my house.

"At first, I thought it was a tailor's dummy but, as I got closer, I realised it was a human body.

"I would say the body had about 60 per cent burns and I couldn't even tell if it was male or female.

"It knocked me for six."


GRISLY WORK: Forensics cops at the scene
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 25, 2010
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