The family of a Polmont boy killed on the M9 motorway paid tribute to their “quiet and well-behaved” son who loved them deeply.
Michael Easton (13), was last seen in Grangemouth at 9.50 p.m on Friday.
His body was found on the westbound carriageway of the M9 between junctions 5 and 6 at 5.40 a.m. on Saturday.
As police urged anyone who saw anything, or any motorists who were travelling on the motorway on Friday night, to get in touch, the Easton family released a statement expressing the devastation they felt at the death of their son.
The family statement said: “We have all been left utterly devastated by the death of our beloved Michael and are still trying to come to terms with our loss.
“He was a quiet and well-behaved boy, who never caused any trouble and who would have helped anybody. He loved his family deeply.
“Michael was a popular young boy who had a keen interest in biking. One of his prized possessions was his scooter and he and his friends spent several hours each week riding around Grangemouth.
“It is difficult not knowing exactly what happened to Michael and we would ask that anyone who knows anything that can help the police with their investigation to pick up the phone.
“We would finally like to thank everyone for all of their kind words and messages of support at this very difficult time. It means a great deal to us all and shows how fond the local community was of Michael.
“However, we would now ask our privacy be respected to grieve for our son, brother and friend.”
Officers are now trying to establish exactly how Michael died, but believe he may have been hit by a car.
The motorway was closed in both directions after the discovery of the body but reopened at 6.30 p.m.
If you know anything which can help police with their inquiries call them on 101.