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Schoolboy search teams find body
Rory Blackhall
Rory went missing after being dropped off for school
Police searching for a missing 11-year-old West Lothian schoolboy have found a body in woodland.

Rory Blackhall, from the Adambrae area of Livingston, disappeared after being dropped off near Meldrum Primary School on Thursday.

Police said the body found near the M8 motorway was that of a young male. It has not yet been identifed but the search has been called off.

About 200 police officers and 200 volunteers aided the search on Sunday.

'Quiet boy'

Chief Inspector Jim Thomson, the officer in charge of the search, said the death was being treated as suspicious.

The body is still lying where it was found and a post-mortem examination will be carried out once forensics officers say it can be moved.

Lothian and Borders Police said it was out of character for the 11-year-old to go missing and that he was described as a quiet boy.

Rory's mother, Michelle Blackhall, had made an appeal for him to come home.

Mrs Blackhall said Rory had been having a difficult time, was upset about things happening within the family and was unhappy about having to go back to school.

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