Teenager found dead in park with neck wounds
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.