Second Arrest Made in Orrell Murder Inquiry

A second man has been arrested as part of the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom.

At around 7.20pm on Friday 16 June 2017 police were called by 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom’s concerned family after she failed to return from college. This was extremely out of character and police began a search.

Friends of Ellen reported that she had last been in the Orrell Water Park area. Police searched the area and at around 2.30am on Saturday 17 June 2017 sadly a body was found.

A Home Office Post Mortem was conducted and it was confirmed that the body was that of Ellen Higginbottom.

The cause of her death was multiple wounds to the neck.

A second man, aged 51, has been arrested at an address in Preston on suspicion of murder. His address, on New Hall Lane, is currently being searched and there is a large police presence in the area.

The 47-year-old man from Billinge who was arrested earlier is still in police custody and continues to be questioned. 

Detective Superintendent Howard Millington form GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “First of all my thoughts continue to be with Ellen’s family at this devastating time.

This is a very fast moving and developing investigation but I can confirm that this afternoon we have arrested a 47-year-old man.

This investigation is by no means over however, we still have a long way to go in piecing together the puzzle.

“Our investigative team will continue to work at the scene in the area around Orrell Water Park for the next few days.

Once again, I would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support in this investigation. Without them, our jobs would be so much harder.

“We would encourage the public to continue getting in touch, as said before, this investigation is still in it’s early stages. So if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area either on Friday or in the days prior, please get in touch with police. Don’t worry that you’ll be wasting my time, any bit of information, no matter how small could be vital.

“Our officers will continue to patrol the streets in the area, anyone with any concerns or questions should come and speak to them.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7103, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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