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12th Feb 2023

First picture released of girl, 16, found dead in park as police launch murder investigation

Charlie Herbert

Brianna Ghey

Police are looking to speak to two people about the teenager’s death

A 16-year-old girl who was found dead in a Warrington park has been identified as Brianna Ghey.

Police have launched a murder probe after the teenager’s body was found on a path yesterday afternoon (February 11).

Emergency services were called to Linear Park in Culcheth, Warrington, at around 3:15pm.

Brianna had suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

A post-mortem examination is currently taking place to establish the cause of Brianna’s death.

Detectives are now keen to speak to two people – a man and a woman – who were seen at Linear Park.

Anyone who may have seen Brianna in the hours before her death has also been asked to contact the police to help them with their investigation.

Detective Chief Supt Mike Evans, of Cheshire Police, said: “This is a truly awful attack on a 16-year-old girl, who has sadly lost her very short life.

“We are appealing for any information that will help us find who has done this to Brianna.

“In particular we are keen to speak to two people that were seen in the park where Brianna’s body was found who have been described as a white man and woman, in their late teens/early twenties, both with dark curly hair.

“The man was wearing a longish dark hooded coat and the woman had a distinctive red or purple black checked blanket-style coat and a long flowing skirt, dress or trousers.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who was in the park from around 1.30pm until 4.00pm yesterday or anyone who may have seen Brianna in the hours leading up to her death.

“We would ask people and businesses within the local community to check any CCTV or dashcam footage for anything that may aid our investigation.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we are working hard to find those responsible for Brianna’s death and we have extra officers in and around Culcheth supporting the investigation.

“We also have officers supporting Brianna’s family at this really tragic time.”

Information can be reported online or by calling 101, quoting IML 1476832, or via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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