‘Murdered’ girl, 16, ‘was found hanged in derelict building by a family member’ 20 minutes after she was reported missing – as man, 41, is arrested over her death
- Officers called at 9.25am yesterday to reports that Sarah Goldman was missing
- Police then received second call at 9.45am saying she had been found dead
- Man, 41, arrested on suspicion of murder before later being released on bail
Police have questioned a man after a 16-year-old girl was found hanged in a derelict building by one of her relatives.
Officers were called at around 9.25am yesterday to reports that Sarah Goldman was missing from her home in the Prestwich area of Bury.
At around 9.45am, Greater Manchester Police received a second call saying she had been found dead in a derelict building in Kersal, Salford.
The teenager’s body was discovered inside this building in Kersal, Salford, pictured today
The teenager was reported missing yesterday and police later said they had found a body
Detectives said the cause of death is yet to be established. A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, then later released on bail.
Tributes were paid to the ‘lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered’ schoolgirl, who was a pupil at King David High School, a Jewish Orthodox school in Crumpsall.
A spokesman for King David High said: ‘Sarah was a lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered pupil and she will be hugely missed by everyone at school.’
It is understood police have been told she was last seen at about 5.30am yesterday. She is thought to have told her family she was going to school early to use the gym.
The cause of death has yet to be established. Police have roped off the scene to investigate
The empty property where Sarah was found is separated from her family home across a plot of rough land.
Greater Manchester Police said they were keeping an ‘open mind’ about the circumstances of the girl’s death.
Superintendent Caroline Hemmingway said: ‘We are currently investigating the tragic death of a 16-year-old girl in Kersal, and it is our top priority to find out exactly how she died.
‘We have arrested a man in connection with the girl’s death however we are still keeping an open mind and will be exploring all avenues.
The investigation is ‘still in its early stages and a scene remains in place’, police have said
‘The investigation is still in its early stages and a scene remains in place in the building near to Brookside Drive.
‘We would like to hear from anyone who heard or saw anything unusual this morning around Brookside Drive to get in touch as soon as possible.
‘We are trying to piece together this puzzle and help give the girl’s family the answers they deserve.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8172, by calling 101 or the through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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