Reward to find murder suspect

A £5000 reward is on offer to find the prime suspect in the murder of a Salford mum. Michael Cope, 28, is wanted over the killing of his ex-partner Linzi Ashton. Her body was found last weekend. She had previously accused him of rape.

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Three men being questioned in hunt for murder suspect

Three men are now being questioned by detectives in the manhunt for Michael Cope, wanted in connection with the murder of Linzi Ashton.

The mum-of-two was found dead at her home in Winton on Saturday evening.

A post mortem found she died as a result of pressure to the neck and multiple injuries.

Michael Cope is wanted for the murder of Linzi Ashton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Officers have been granted more time to question the 25-year-old man arrested on Monday.

Late on Tuesday night officers arrested two other men, aged 26 and 27. All three remain in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Greater Manchester Police and Crimestoppers, the independent charity, have also announced a £5,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of Michael Cope.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5092 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police release CCTV of murder suspect buying snacks

Detectives looking for Michael Cope have issued CCTV footage of him buying snacks hours before it is believed Linzi Ashton was murdered.

Mother-of-two Linzi was found at her home on Westbourne Road, Winton by relatives shortly before 6pm on Saturday 29 June 2013.

Her ex-partner Michael Cope is being sought in connection with her murder.

The footage released shows Cope buying snacks and drinks from Best One on Liverpool Road, Eccles at about 10.45pm on Friday 28 June 2013.


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