Mountain rescue teams join search for missing 11-year-old girl

Mountain rescue teams have joined the search for an 11-year-old girl missing in the Scottish Borders.

Kaitlyn Easson was last seen near to Gala Water, Galashiels at 5.45pm on Sunday evening.

She was seen at the town’s Interchange – which offers train and bus services from the town.

There was then a ‘possible sighting’ ten minutes later at Melrose Avenue in the town.

When last seen, the schoolgirl was wearing a white jumper, brown trousers and boots.

Police Inspector Robbie Noble said: ‘This is very out of character for Kaitlyn and we are growing increasingly concerned for her.

‘Our inquiries are ongoing to trace her and I am appealing for anyone who has seen Kaitlyn or who has any information on her whereabouts to contact us.

‘We would also appeal to Kaitlyn herself to get in touch to let us know she is safe.’

A family friend told the Daily Record: ’We are all worried sick. They are searching the Boleside area of Galashiels at the moment and the helicopter is out too.

‘Her mum can’t physically speak just now as she’s so upset and stressed. We have no idea where she could be, it is totally out of character for Kaitlyn.

‘We are just trying to stay positive.’

Large groups of volunteers have joined the search efforts and various areas remain cordoned off by police.

Galashiels has a population of around 12,600 and is 35 miles south of Edinburgh.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference 3314 of 5 February 2023.

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