Teenager found dead in park with neck wounds

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - PA

A teenager found dead in Or­rell wa­ter park fol­low­ing a bru­tal at­tack has been named. Ellen Hig­gin­bot­tom, 18, was re­ported miss­ing by her fam­ily at 7.20pm on Fri­day, when she failed to re­turn from col­lege. They said it was ex­tremely out of char­ac­ter for her.

Ellen’s friends said she had last been seen near the reser­voirs in Wi­gan. Greater Manch­ester po­lice searched the area and dis­cov­ered a body at around 2.30am on Satur­day.

A post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion gave the teenager’s cause of death as mul­ti­ple wounds to the neck.

Det Supt Howard Milling­ton said: “This is an ab­so­lute tragedy. My thoughts are with Ellen’s fam­ily and friends. What they must be go­ing through is unimag­in­able. We are work­ing with Wi­gan coun­cil and Win­stan­ley Col­lege, where Ellen was a pupil, to en­sure sup­port is in place for any­one af­fected by this shock­ing in­ci­dent.

“The post­mortem has now taken place and we have a clearer pic­ture of what may have hap­pened to Ellen, but we are still piec­ing to­gether her ex­act move­ments in the lead-up to her death.”

Po­lice said they were leav­ing no stone un­turned in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and asked for the pub­lic to get in touch if they had seen any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the area on Fri­day or in the days be­fore.

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