Girl, 11, who was reported missing in Scotland is found safe and well after 24 hours following ‘huge operation’
- Kaitlyn Easson disappeared in Gala Park area of Galashiels in Scottish Borders
- Police Scotland confirmed last night that she had been found ‘safe and well’
An 11-year-old who was reported missing in Scotland has been found safe and well 24 hours later following a ‘huge operation’.
Kaitlyn Easson, from Galashiels, was last seen in the town’s centre at around 5.45pm on Sunday before she was reported missing later that evening.
Police Scotland renewed an appeal to help find her the following day, 24 hours after she had been reported missing, and urged the public to help them in the search.
The force confirmed last night that Kaitlyn had been found ‘safe and well’.
A spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm Kaitlyn Easson reported missing from Galashiels has been traced safe and well.
Kaitlyn Easson was last confirmed to have been seen at around 5.45pm on Sunday at the Interchange in Galashiels
Police said they have a possible further sighting of Kaitlyn walking alone in Melrose Road, close to the Queen Centre sports facility, heading in the direction of her home
‘Thank you to all who shared our appeals.’
It comes after a community-wide search was launched after Kaitlyn was reported missing in what Police Commander Chief Superintendent Catriona Paton described as ‘a huge operation’.
Assistance was provided from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Border Search and Rescue Unit, volunteers and specialist teams from Police Scotland, including investigators, divers and air support.
Police Scotland said her disappearance is ‘very out of character’.
Central Scotland Police Chief Superintendent Catriona Paton speaking to the media outside Galashiels Police Station as the search continues for missing 11-year-old Kaitlyn Easson
A river search on Gala Water took place as emergency services look for the 11-year-old
Police officers on patrol along Melrose Road in the area near to Gala Park, Galashiels