Body Of Teenage Girl Found In Wigan's Orrell Water Park

Murder probe launched as teenager found dead after ‘brutal attack

Murder probe launched as teenager found dead after ‘brutal attack

The police have said that her disappearance appeared to be "extremely out of character" and that an investigation is underway.

"It is unimaginable what Ellen's family and friends must be going through right now, and my thoughts continue to be with them throughout all of this".

He said investigators would remain at the scene of the water park for the next few days and said officers would be continuing "to patrol the streets in the area".

Ellen was reported missing on Friday after she had failed to return home from Winstanley College, where she studied.

She was last seen around 1 Orrell Water Park, and several attempts to contact Higginbottom on her cell phone were unsuccessful as her phone would go to voicemail.

"I wish to again thank the public for their help in this investigation".

"The post-mortem has now taken place and we have a clearer picture of what may have happened to Ellen, but we are still piecing together her exact movements in the lead-up to her death".

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We are appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone in the area acting suspiciously to get in touch with police as soon as possible. However, we would like to hear from anyone who may have any information about any recent incidents of this nature.

The force also confirmed Ellen's family are being supported by specially-trained officers. Investigators will be keeping an "open mind" about the report.

"Any information, no matter how small, could be vital to our investigation".

In a statement a Winstanley College spokesman said: "We are deeply shocked and mourning the loss of a wonderful young woman, Ellen Higginbottom".

The body was found at 2.30am yesterday at nearby Orrell Water Park.

Friends have described Ellen Higginbottom as a "lovely and caring young girl" who will be remembered for her love of horses. Her father Mike, an IT expert, told a newspaper his daughter had dreamed of becoming a doctor.

"Myself and my team will not stop until we have found out exactly what happened and we have brought whoever did this to justice".

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