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Police divers search waterway for missing woman as part of a murder investigation

A missing persons appeal was put out by officers for Margaret Jean Smythe from Bolton, on January 27. Photo: Manchester Evening News.

Diving teams are searching a brook in Bolton as part of the murder probe following the disappearance of Maggie Smythe.

Margaret Jean Smythe, also known as Maggie, went missing from Breightmet on January 27.

Underwater search teams have been sent to Breightmet, to assist detectives in the search for Maggie.

Officers have been seen searching Blackshaw Brook, near to the Red Bridge Inn.

Two men, aged 35 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday by detectives searching for Maggie.

The 29-year-old was last seen between 3.30am and 4am on Saturday at her home address on Swinside Road, in Breightmet.

Investigators are still appealing for anyone who saw Maggie that day to get in touch with them.

Diving teams are searching a brook in Bolton as part of the murder probe following the disappearance of Maggie Smythe. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

“Our investigation into Maggie’s whereabouts has sadly led us to believe she may not be alive.

“Officers are supporting Maggie’s family as we continue with our investigation and there will be a noticeably increased police presence in the Breightmet area over the coming days.

“This is as part of the search for Maggie, but if you have any information to pass on to us, please feel free to approach officers.

“We also have a dedicated line set up for information relating to this investigation, so please speak to detectives without delay.”

– Detective Inspector David Meeney, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9908, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.