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Family pay heartbreaking tribute to 'beautiful and loving' mum-of-three found stabbed to death

Elizabeth Merriman's family describe her as a Credit: MEN Media

The family of a devoted mum-of-three found stabbed to death have paid tribute to a ‘very special person’.

Elizabeth Merriman, known as Liz, due to celebrate her 40th birthday later this month, was discovered at her home in October.

A post-mortem found the mother, from Birch Crescent in Newhey, Rochdale, Manchester, had died of stab wounds to her torso and abdomen.

In a moving tribute on Monday, her grieving relatives said she was a ‘beautiful and loving’ person who would be ‘greatly missed’ by all who knew her, including the children in care she worked with.

In a statement her family said:

Liz was funny, kind, caring and loyal.

“She was full of fun and had a laugh that once heard, was never forgotten. Liz was beautiful on the inside and outside.

“She loved life and doted on her three boys, and they on her.

“She was always ready to help others and was extremely hard working.

“Her work with children in care was rewarding, and she was looking forward to the opening of a new service and her role there as deputy manager.

“She was a very special person and will be greatly missed by family and friends alike, who all love her dearly.”

– Family statement

Tributes also flooded in from friends, with a crowdfunding campaign set up to raise money for her funeral and her three sons.

Detectives, who were alerted to the tragedy at around 11.30pm on Sunday, October 22, have described it as an ‘isolated incident.’