Police have announced that they have made an arrest in the tragic stabbing death of 18-year-old college student Ellen Higginbottom, according to The Sun.
British authorities have not released a name or photo of the accused, as the search for further suspects is ongoing. Detective Superintendent Howard Millington has said that their current suspect is a 47-year-old male.
“This is a very fast moving and developing investigation but I can confirm that this afternoon we have arrested a 47-year-old man,” he told reporters. “This investigation is by no means over however, we still have a long way to go in piecing together the puzzle.”
“My thoughts continue to be with Ellen’s family at this devastating time.”
Ellen Higginbottom went missing over the weekend, after failing to return home from a study session.
If anyone has seen Ellen Higginbottom please please get in contact! She's currently missing, last seen at Winstanley College at 1pm today. pic.twitter.com/xJW91AosL0
— Chloe Williams (@williamschlo_) June 16, 2017
After a thorough search, British police found her body in a nature reserve, in Wigan, a small town in Greater Manchester.
An autopsy revealed that she had been killed by “multiple wounds to the neck,” according to BBC News.
Her father, Mike Higginbottom, told reporters that his daughter had dreamed of becoming a doctor.
The 18-year-old was well-loved by the small town community she called home.
Chloe Williams, a friend of the deceased, was especially devastated by the loss.
“I’ve never felt as sick and upset and heartbroken in my entire life,” she said.
Detective Millington has urged the community to keep contacting police with information on the case.
“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area either on Friday or in the days prior, please get in touch with police,” he said. “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.”
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