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Tributes paid to Ardersier student whose body was found in woodland


By Louise Glen

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Medical student David MacLeod, right, with his brother Peter and mum Alexandra.
Medical student David MacLeod, right, with his brother Peter and mum Alexandra.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a former Culloden Academy pupil who has now been formally identified.

Police have confirmed that a body found in woodland, near to Grandholm Drive, Aberdeen, on Wednesday, June 24 was that of medical student David MacLeod.

David, from Ardersier, had been reported missing on Friday, June 19, after he was last seen in the city's Stafford Street.

Inspector George Nixon, from north-east division, said: “Our thoughts are very much with David’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

“I would like to thank everyone who shared our earlier appeals for information and assisted with inquiries.”

A statement from Culloden Academy said: "The school community are truly saddened to hear of the death of David MacLeod. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this tragic time and we offer them our deepest condolences.

"David will be very fondly remembered as a kind, funny and articulate young man who gave a huge amount to those around him."

The University of Aberdeen, where David was a student, have taken to social media to pass on condolences to David's friends and family.

They wrote: "We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our students, David MacLeod.

"Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this sad time.

"We urge anyone within the University community who has been affected to reach out to our support services."

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