Tayside and Central Scotland

Family tribute to Michael Easton after death on M9

Michael Easton
Image caption Michael Easton's body was found on the M9 on Saturday morning

The family of a 13-year-old boy whose body was found on the M9 near Grangemouth have described him as a quiet and well-behaved boy who "loved his family deeply".

Michael Easton's body was discovered between Junction 5 and Junction 6 at about 05:40 on Saturday.

In a statement released through the police, his family said they had been left "utterly devastated".

They urged anyone who knows anything about his death to contact police.

Michael, who was from Polmont, was last seen in Grangemouth town centre at about 21:50 on Friday night.

Officers are trying to establish exactly how he died, but believe he may have been hit by a car.

The family statement said: "We have all been left utterly devastated by the death of our beloved Michael and are still trying to come to terms with our loss.

"Michael was a quiet and well-behaved boy, who never caused any trouble and who would have helped anybody. He loved his family deeply.

"He was a popular young boy who had a keen interest in biking. One of his prized possessions was his scooter and he and his friends spent several hours each week riding around Grangemouth."

They added: "It is difficult not knowing exactly what happened to Michael and we would ask that anyone who knows anything that can help the police with their investigation to pick up the phone.

"We would finally like to thank everyone for all of their kind words and messages of support at this very difficult time. It means a great deal to us all and shows how fond the local community was of Michael.

"However, we would now ask our privacy be respected to grieve for our son, brother and friend."

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