Police searching for missing Hollie McClymont find body

Hollie McClymont Hollie McClymont was last seen on Sunday afternoon

Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Hollie McClymont say a body has been recovered from the sea.

The 14-year-old from Glasgow was last seen in difficulties in the water at the south Wales resort of Barry Island on Sunday.

A body was recovered from the sea at Fontygary, near Rhoose, in the Vale of Glamorgan but has not been formally identified.

Hollie's parents have been told, said police.

Ch Insp Marc Lamerton said: "The family of Hollie McClymont, who was reported missing on Sunday afternoon, have been informed of this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Hollie had been on holiday with her family, including her mother Sarah, when she went missing.

Police said the family chose Barry Island because they have relatives living in the area.

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Steffan Wiliam, a Barry resident and Plaid Cymru councillor at the local Vale of Glamorgan Council, said the discovery of a body was "awful, awful news - the nightmare scenario we have all been worrying about".

"If it is confirmed that it is the missing teenager, this is the most awful news we could have had," he said.

"Our thoughts go out to the family at this awful time. The pain and grief they must be feeling now is terrible."

Fontygary is a small seaside village three miles (4.8km) south-west of Barry with a small stony beach and a holiday and leisure park nearby.

Police leaflets

Coastguards led an extensive air and sea search off Whitmore Bay on Sunday.

The search resumed on Monday involving Barry and Penarth coastguard teams, police officers and the force helicopter.

But on Monday evening Swansea Coastguard confirmed it had concluded its search.

South Wales Police said the last sighting of Hollie was in the sea at around 14:45 BST on Sunday in the part of the bay nearest the Island Leisure Amusement arcade, Western Shelter.

Police handed out leaflets about Hollie to holidaymakers and also carried out house-to-house inquiries in Barry.

After Hollie disappeared her cousin Shannon said: "You never ever think something like this will happen to someone in your family."

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