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Hazel North's family 'devastated' by her death

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Image caption Hazel North's body was found in Kilmarnock's Dean Park

The family of a Fife teenager whose body was found in a park in Kilmarnock have said they are "devastated".

The body of Hazel North, 19, from Dunfermline, was recovered in the Ayrshire town's Dean Park on Monday.

In a statement, her family said they would "always remember her fun, loving smile and energetic personality".

John Davis, 25, from Kilmarnock, has been charged with murdering Ms North. He was remanded in custody following a court appearance on Tuesday.

In their statement, the North family said: "We, the family, are devastated by the tragic loss of our beautiful wee Hazel, who was so suddenly taken away from us.

'Loving smile'

"No words can ever express our feelings at this sad time and although we will never see her mature into a beautiful woman, we will always remember her fun, loving smile and energetic personality.

Image caption Police erected a forensic tent around the area in Dean Park where Ms North's body was found

"We take comfort from all the sincere messages of sympathy from all who have spared a thought for our wee Hazel."

The family thanked everyone who had "shown their concern" during what was described as an "inconsolable time".

The statement concluded: "The family thanks the police for all their man hours, effort and professionalism.

"We would also like to thank the family liaison officers who were involved right from the start with their excellent support at this time."

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