Family and friends of Inverness teenager Adam Mitchell to wear band t-shirts at celebration of his life

Relatives and friends of Inverness teenager Adam Mitchell are planning a celebration of his life.

The 18-year-old died after disappearing on a night out in the Highland capital on November 9.

His family learned 19 days later that his body had been found at St Fergus in Aberdeenshire – and said they were “absolutely gutted”.

They have asked that those attending the celebration wear band T-shirts as a tribute to Mr Mitchell’s love of music.

“Dig them out from the back of your wardrobe and wear them with pride as he did,” they said.

A date and venue for the celebration are to be confirmed.

Police only formally confirmed to the media yesterday that a body found at St Fergus was that of Mr Mitchell.

In a statement, the force thanked partner agencies involved along with local businesses and members of the public who assisted with the search.

“Our thoughts are with Adam’s family at this very difficult time,” it added.

Mr Mitchell’s disappearance had sparked a major search involving a helicopter and lifeboat teams.

His father Mark, who lives with his wife Kathleen at Culduthel Mains Crescent in Inverness, has thanked the emergency services for their extensive efforts in doing “everything possible to bring our boy home.”

He was described by his family as “a typical teenager” who loved heavy metal music.

Prior to the tragic discovery of his body, he had last been spotted on CCTV footage walking on Longman Road in Inverness in the early hours on November 10.

He had earlier been in pubs in the city centre after speaking to his family at 8.30pm.

Searches initially stretched from the Longman to Chanonry Point and Avoch on the Black Isle.

Police had also carried out door-to-door inquiries, handing out leaflets and posters featuring Mr Mitchell’s photograph.