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Wigan murder victim named as Ellen Higginbottom

Ellen's family were concerned when she did not come home from college on Friday. Photo:

A young woman who was found dead at Orrell Water Park, Wigan, has been named as 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom.

A post mortem found she died of multiple wounds to the neck.

Police were alerted she was missing after she did not go home from college on Friday night.

A police cordon remains in place at Orrell Water Park. Credit: Granada Reports

Ellen's friends told police they last knew her to have gone to Orrell Water Park. Officers searched the area before finding her body at around 2.30am yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington, from Greater Manchester Police said officers are supporting Ellen's family. He said police are also working with the council and Winstanley College, where Ellen was a student, to support anyone affected by her death.

Detectives are still trying to piece together Ellen's movements in the hours before her death.

We have a full investigative team working on this and a large scene is in place in the area around the Orrell Water Park area.

We will be leaving no stone unturned in this investigation. Someone out there knows who did this, or they know it was them, and we will not stop until we find them and bring them to justice.

Attacks of this severity are thankfully incredibly rare, but that in itself makes this all the more shocking.

Our officers will be patrolling the streets in the area whilst we continue our investigation. Anyone with any concerns should come and speak to our officers.

We know that things like this don’t happen in Orrell, and you will be extremely concerned but please let me assure you that your safety is paramount and we will not stop until we have found the person responsible.

– Detective Superintendent Howard Millington, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7103, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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