Prayers for murdered Jodi

Special prayers were being said for murdered schoolgirl Jodi Jones as police continued the hunt for her killer.

Churches across Midlothian were hearing messages of support and sympathy for the 14-year-old's family.

The youngster, from Easthouses, near Dalkeith, was brutally murdered in what police described as a savage and frenzied attack last Monday.

She had set out from her family home at around 5pm to meet her boyfriend but the alarm was raised when she failed to return.

Her partially-clothed and mutilated body was found by members of her family between 11pm and midnight in a wooded area near Roman Dyke pathway in the Newbattle area of the town.

Father Joe McMullan, dean of Catholic churches in Mid and East Lothian, said all the churches in his parish would be remembering Jodi and her family in their prayers.

He said: "All our churches have a parish message and that is to remember her family, especially her mother, in their prayers.

"They will also be praying for the friends of Jodi, who will be greatly affected by these tragic events."

Police are also hoping to trace two teenagers seen near the entrance to the Roman Dyke pathway on the night Jodi was killed. Officers hope the two boys, who were riding a small moped, may have seen something vital to the case.

Det Insp Tom Martin said: "We are very keen to speak to these two boys as they have been mentioned by witnesses and we believe that they were in the area that Jodi may have been at a similar time. We have to stress that we do not believe these two are directly linked to the inquiry but we need to trace them to establish what, if anything, they may have seen."

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