Teenager dies in Edinburgh

Published 14 February 2017

Police in Edinburgh can confirm that a teenage boy from the south of the city has died.

Blake Ross was reported missing from the Howdenhall area at around 3.15 p.m. on Saturday 11th February.

Local officers launched a missing person investigation to trace the 13-year-old and he was subsequently discovered on a Lothian Bus at around 4 p.m. on Monday 13th February, having taken unwell.

Blake was known to live with an underlying health condition and was taken to the Sick Kids Hospital where he sadly passed away at around 9 p.m. that evening.

His death is currently being treated as unexplained and inquiries are continuing.

Superintendent Lesley Clark of Edinburgh Division said: “This is a tragic death of a young boy and our thoughts are with Blake's family at this very difficult time.

"In the coming days and weeks we will be working with our relevant partners to support his loved ones and provide them with all the necessary support and assistance they require.

"In addition, we will be continuing to conduct our investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding Blake's death and we have reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

"The issue has now been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

"As in all matters concerning police contact before death, we will provide any necessary assistance to the PIRC as they conduct their investigation and we await the outcome of their report.

“We would ask anyone with information regarding Blake’s movements between the afternoon of Saturday 11th February and Monday 13th February to contact us on 101."

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