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Dead teenager's aunt also murdered

A 17-year-old found dead in a street was the nephew of a teenage girl murdered in the same town more than 25 years ago.

Police launched a murder inquiry after the body of Jack Doyle was discovered near Antigua Street in Greenock, Inverclyde, at about 9.45am on Tuesday.

He was related to 16-year-old Elaine Doyle, who was killed on her way home from a disco in June 1986. The crime has never been solved. Police said there is nothing to suggest a link between the two deaths.

Jack's body was found to the rear of houses on Hope Street, less than two miles from the spot where his aunt's body was discovered.

Strathclyde Police said the death of the 17-year-old, from Greenock, was being treated as murder after a post-mortem examination was carried out on Wednesday. Officers have appealed for information to establish his last movements.

Detective Chief Inspector Duncan Sloan, who is heading the investigation, said: "Officers have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries and are checking CCTV from the area. These inquiries have told us that there was a report of a disturbance and blood found in a close in Antigua Street earlier in the morning near to where Jack's body was found.

"We know that Jack was in the Orangefield area of Greenock around 10pm on Monday and what we need to do is establish his movements between then and when his body was found."

Detectives last year launched a fresh appeal for information over Elaine's murder on June 1, 1986.

The 16-year-old's partially-clothed body was found the next day in a lane off Ardgowan Street, less than 50 yards from her home. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

Elaine was last seen alive by two friends in Hamilton Way after she left the disco in Laird Street. In July last year, a reconstruction of her last movements was broadcast on BBC1's Crimewatch programme, prompting an "excellent response" from the public.


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