Tributes have been paid to teenager Murray Harkness after a body was found on Sunday, October 7.

The 18-year-old had gone missing after leaving The Box in Cumnock on Friday night, October 5, before family and friends posted appeals on social media on Saturday in an attempt to trace him.

His family have requested privacy at this time but thanked everyone who helped to try and find him.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “At around 10.45am on Sunday, October 7, the body of an 18 year old man was discovered in a wooded area in Cumnock. A post mortem will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death.

“Police are not treating the death as suspicious. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Murray played football with Glenafton Athletic’s under 19 side and the West of Scotland YFL have organised a minutes silence at this weekend’s matches.

A spokesperson for the West of Scotland YFL said: “As a mark of respect, the league asks that teams observe a minutes silence in their next match for 18-year-old Murray Harkness from Cumnock.

“Murray, the footballer, has been active in our leagues from an early age, from seven-a-side football through to 11-a-side. He has played at Cumnock, Auchinleck Talbot, Nith Valley United, Nithsdale Wanderers and most recently with Glenafton Athletic.

“All those who know Murray describe him as the friendliest boy with a fun attitude who loved to wind his pals up. He was funny and caring and the news of his death has impacted hugely on his family, friends and teammates.

“A young life, taken too soon. RIP Murray.”

Glenafton 19s posted on Facebook: “Everyone here at Glenafton 19’s would like to send our condolences to Murray Harkness’s family, friends and all who knew him.

“Murray was a great lad, he loved to have fun and in recent months we have missed his presence from bringing that little bit of fun to our training and games due to injury.

“From all the coaches, helpers but especially your team mates. Rest in peace Murray, you will be sadly missed.”