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Police find body in search of Maggie Smythe

Today (Friday 1 February 2019) officers investigating the disappearance of Margaret Jean Smythe, known as ‘Maggie’ found a body near Red Lane, Breightmet. 

A scene will remain in place for some time as specialist officers carry out their enquiries. 

Formal identification is yet to take place, but Maggie’s family have been informed of the discovery.

Maggie, 29, was last seen on Saturday 26 January at her home on Swinside Road, Breightmet. 

On Wednesday 30 January, officers investigating her disappearance arrested two men aged 35 and 39 on suspicion of murder. The 39-year-old man remains in custody, and the 35-year-old man has since been released with no further action.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier today (Friday 1 February) and he remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector David Meeney of GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “Today, officers investigating Maggie’s disappearance have sadly found a body.

“We have informed Maggie’s family of this latest development, and we continue to support them throughout this incredibly difficult time.

“Our enquiries and our appeal will very much continue so that we can provide her family with the answers they so rightly deserve.”

District Superintendent Rick Jackson, of GMP’s Bolton borough, said: “I understand this may cause some concern in the community, but I want to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to establish the full circumstances of what has happened.

“We currently have two men in custody, and we do not believe there to be any direct threat to the wider community.

“Our officers will be continuing with enquiries in the area over the next few days, and if you have any questions, worries or concerns I would encourage you to speak to them.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9908, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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