The “utterly broken” Angus mother of teenager Libbi Toledo is preparing herself for the “formality” of confirmation that a body found in Fife is that of her 17-year-old daughter.
DNA analysis is being carried out on the female body found at a disused Kirkcaldy scrapyard on Thursday, just 10 minutes before Judi Toledo was due to make a fresh appeal for help at a police press conference as part of the effort to trace the vulnerable young woman who went missing 10 days earlier.
Libbi was last seen on September 11 close to where the body was found, having spent the days leading up to her disappearance with family in Brechin, where her mother lives, before getting on a train back to Fife.
She had been due to return to an assisted living facility in Kirkcaldy where she was supported in dealing with a range of difficulties, including mental health issues and ADHD.
Thousands had shared the family’s appeals for information, but as Libbi’s mother prepared to face the media a cordon was thrown up around Smeaton Industrial Estate, followed soon after by the news of a body being found.
Police are expected to release a formal confirmation of the deceased’s identity within days, but Mrs Toledo said she had already prepared herself for the worst.
She said: “They are still looking at DNA and I have been advised not to say anything, but I think it will be a formality.
“When confirmation is made I will be issuing a statement to thank all of those who were so caring and helped in so many ways to get word out there that Libbi was missing.”
Judi said on social media she felt “utterly broken”.