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Missing Amber died from hanging

Published 03/06/2015

Officers searching for Amber Peat, 13, from Mansfield, have found a body (Nottinghamshire Police/PA)
Officers searching for Amber Peat, 13, from Mansfield, have found a body (Nottinghamshire Police/PA)

A 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home died as a result of hanging, Nottinghamshire Police have said.

Over 400 police officers took part in the search for Amber Peat who had not been seen since leaving her home in Bosworth Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, at around 5.30pm on Saturday after a row with her parents.

Police confirmed the cause of death as hanging.

She was eventually found by two police officers searching an area off Westfield Lane, Mansfield. Her body was out of sight and would not have been apparent to anyone in the area nearby.

The cause of death was confirmed today as hanging.

Superintendent Matthew McFarlane said: "Sadly this was not the outcome that any of us were hoping for."

Amber's mother Kelly and stepfather and Danny said they would always remember Amber for her love of singing and dancing.

In a statement they said: "She was never happier than when reading to her younger sisters and being surrounded by her family.

"We will always be grateful for our last family holiday with our beautiful daughter. We will always miss her."

A major hunt involving over 400 officers and staff who hailed from several East Midlands forces was launched when the teenager went missing.

In thanking those who took part in the search, Mr McFarlane said: "From the moment Amber was reported missing our teams worked tirelessly alongside the community to try and find her."

He added: "Our thoughts are with Amber's family, and we do ask that you please respect their privacy and that of her wider family."

The body was found last night.

People living near the scene said they were shocked that Amber's body was found in a spot close to so many homes and surprised that it was not found earlier after scores of local people had been involved in the search.

Amber had walked out after refusing to clean a cool box used to store food during a holiday to Cornwall after the family had returned on Friday.

Mike Smith, the principal at the Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Mansfield, where Amber was a Year 8 student described her as "academically bright", and a member of the academy choir who loved singing and dancing.

He said: "Amber has been happy at the academy.

"Students who have been particularly affected are being supported by staff and trained counsellors.

"This is a close-knit, community academy and everybody is supporting each other at this difficult time."

Dozens of floral tributes, along with teddies and other mementoes, have been laid around a large tree near to where the body was found.

One message from school classmates said: "I hope your parents find the strength to find peace."

It added: "Hope the angels make you smile."

Another said: "Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time. Sleep well little angel."

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