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Police investigating the death of a man whose daughter has been missing for six years, have charged a woman with perverting the course of justice.
Frank Chivers, whose daughter Paige went missing in 2006, was found dead las Sunday.
A Lancashire Police statement said:
Police investigating the death of the father of missing teenager Paige Chivers are appealing for help from the public.
Frank Chivers died in hospital after being found collapsed at his home in Blackpool. A man's been arrested.
Paige Chivers was 15 when she vanished in 2007.
Det Supt Paul Withers is making the appeal.
It's been confirmed that a 49 year old man who died last Sunday following a suspected assault is the father of missing Blackpool schoolgirl Paige Chivers.
She vanished in 2007 at the age of 15. Her family including her father Frank made numerous appeals to find her.
That case turned into a murder investigation but her body has never been found and no one has ever been convicted over her death.
Now a second tragedy for that family - a murder investigation has been launched over the death of her father Frank.
Police say he was found collapsed at his home in Layton - and believe he may have been the victim of an attack shortly before. But this murder is not being linked to the disappearance of his daughter.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 49 year old man died last Sunday following a suspected assault.
Paramedics were called to Frank Chivers home on Walter Robinson Court in Layton after reports he had collapsed.
Police say he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but later passed away.
As a result of enquiries made following his death, police now believe Frank Chivers was assaulted shortly before his death.
A post mortem examination will now take place to establish the cause of his death.
Detective Superintendent Paul Withers from the Force Major Investigation Team said: “The exact circumstances surrounding Frank’s death are still unclear at this stage but we believe he may have been subjected to an assault which has caused him to collapse within his home.
“I would appeal to anybody that may have witnessed this assault or with any information that could assist police with our inquiry to come forward.
“I’d also like to make a direct appeal to friends and associates of Frank who may have information concerning what took place in his flat that afternoon and would assure them that any information given will be treated in confidence.”
A 43 year old man from Blackpool has this morning been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody being questioned by officers.