Cumbernauld teen is found ‘safe and well’

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 20:50 on 16 July 2015


Police Scotland says young Gabby was found at an address in North Lanarkshire. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

OFFICERS from Cumbernauld police station have confirmed that Kildrum teenager, Gabby Patterson, has been found safe and well.

A statement from Cumbernauld’s Area Commander confirmed that Police Scotland’s search for the 14-year-old Kildrum resident had been called off yesterday.

The announcement came after Police Scotland issued an appeal for information on Sunday afternoon (12th July), after 14-year-old Gabby Paterson went missing earlier that morning.

On Sunday, Police Scotland confirmed that officers at Cumbernauld Police Station were continuing with their enquiries, stressing that an appeal for information and assistance in locating the missing teenager was part of ongoing enquiries.

14-year-old Gabby Paterson from Braehead Road, in the Kildrum area of Cumbernauld had been last seen at around 00:20 hours on Sunday morning, by her mother, at the family home. 

Described as around 5ft in height, of slim build with short dyed purple/red hair, Constable Emma Ferrier, of Cumbernauld Police Office said that Gabby’s family and friends were “becoming increasingly concerned”, due to her age.

Issuing an appeal for information on Sunday, Constable Emma Ferrier of Cumbernauld Police Office, said: “Given Gabby’s age family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned for her wellbeing the longer she is missing. She hasn’t been in touch with her family since she went missing.

“Gabby has gone missing before, and is known to frequent the areas of Pollok and Riddrie in Glasgow.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who may have any information on where Gabby is, so that we can locate her safe and well, Constable Ferrier added.

Since issuing the appeal on Sunday, Police Scotland has said that information provided by the public was ‘positive’ and “instrumental”. 

The force has confirmed that, acting on information from a member of the public, police officers attended an address in North Lanarkshire where they traced missing 14 year old schoolgirl Gabby Paterson.

Commenting, Cumbernauld Area Commander Chief Inspector David Bruce, who led the inquiry, said: "My officers have worked around the clock to trace Gabby and to find this vulnerable young girl safe and well is a huge relief to everyone involved. 

“I would especially like to take this opportunity to thank the public. Their ongoing support is vital and proved instrumental in finding Gabby,” he added.