A BALLOON released as a tribute to a tragic teen found dead in a Glasgow flat has been found more than 2,000 miles away in Finland.

Stunned local Katri Ojapelto discovered the pink balloon by the shore of her summer place in Riistavesi, in eastern Finland, last weekend.

Loved ones of Courtney Leonard, 19, had organised a balloon release in the young mum's memory on March 22.

But within just two weeks it was found all the way across the world.

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Speaking to Finnish tabloid Iltalehti, dog walker Katri said: "I saw the writing and decided to pick it up."

Katri spotted the balloon last Saturday when she took her dog out for a walk near her holiday home.

Her curiosity was piqued by the words 'R.I.P Courtney Leonard' and she decided to ask pals on Facebook for further information.

After sharing a picture of her discovery on social media, she received an amazing message from a friend.

Katri explained: "My friend sent me a link saying, 'Take a look at this'. My English is not great but my friend told me that these balloons were released in Scotland."

She did an internet search on Courtney's name before discovering news articles written about the teenager.

Katri said: "I did wonder if it would be possible for a balloon to make it here all the way from Britain.

"But I can't imagine this balloon would have originated from Finland."

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The distance between Glasgow and Riistavesi is around 2,000km (around 1,250miles).

Courtney's body was discovered by police at an address on Ardencraig Road, Castlemilk, on March 19.

The mum-of-one had given birth to her daughter, Bonnie, in August 2018.

Friends and locals took to social media to pay tribute to the teenager following her shock death.

A balloon release took place in Glasgow Green in the teenager's memory a few days after the tragedy.

Businessman John Brandon, who runs Balloons around Scotland in Glasgow, said: "This is the first time I've heard of the entire balloon being found so far away."


Meanwhile, heartbroken loved ones of a tragic Glasgow footballer are to gather in his memory to hold a special balloon release.

Anton Houghton's loved ones will remember the 21-year-old, who died suddenly this week, with a special service on Monday.