Manchester Police say that a body of an 18-year-old girl was found in Wigan’s Orrell Water Park.
According to Manchester Police, the body of an unnamed 18-year-old girl was found in Wigan’s Orrell Water Park at 2:30am local time “on the edge of a field.” Her family had reported her missing on Friday evening, when they expected her to come home from school, Wistanley College, where she was studying.
The police have said that her disappearance appeared to be “extremely out of character” and that an investigation is underway.
A police spokeswoman said: “At around 7.20pm on Friday 16 June 2017 police were called by an 18-year-old woman’s concerned family after she failed to return from college. This was extremely out of character and police began a search.”
“Friends of the woman reported that she had last been in Orrell Water Park. Police searched the area and at around 2.30am on Saturday 17 June 2017 sadly a body was found.” she continued. “Formal identification has yet to take place and we are keeping an open mind at this stage. The woman had sustained head injuries.”
So far, the police have said that there was also another report of two younger women who were being followed by two strange men on Thursday in the same area. However, this may or may not be linked to the girl’s body, so they say it is important to keep an open mind.
Comments On the Incident
Detective superintendent Howard Millington said: “This was a brutal attack on a young woman, the type rarely seen in Greater Manchester.”
“We are keeping an open mind about this. However, we would like to hear from anyone who may have any information about any recent incidents of this nature.” he said.
“I understand that there will be many people in the community extremely worried, things like this don’t happen in Orrell. There will be a large police presence in the area for some time.”