Police name victim
Emergency services were called out to Byley Lane in Cranage, near Holmes Chapel at 10.58am on Thursday 9th August following reports of a fire.
A body was found in the garage at the address.
Police have named the victim as 54 year old Diana Lee.
A post mortem revealed the cause of death to be head injuries.
A 48-year-old man from Hale in Manchester was arrested on suspicion of
murder. He has since been released on police bail pending further
Detective Inspector Steve Beddows from the Major
Investigation Team said: "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw
any activity in the vicinity of the home address of Mrs Lee on the morning of
Thursday 9th August before the arrival of the emergency services at 11am.
entrance to the address is approximately 50 metres before the main entrance to
Cranage Hall Hotel on Byley Lane when approaching it from the direction of the
"We also appeal to anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously near
to a silver Corsa in Smith Lane, Mobberley, which was later identified as
belonging to the victim and had been taken from her house. Firefighters were
later called to as the car had been set alight."
Detectives are also keen
to trace any members of the public who saw a man cycle off on a pushbike from
Smith Lane, where the car was abandoned, towards Pepper Street in Mobberley
between 10 and 11 am that day.
Patrols around the area have been increased to reassure the local
community and police would like to reiterate that incidents of this nature are
rare in the Cranage and Holmes Chapel areas.
Anyone with information
should contact the Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting incident number 285
on 9 August 2012.
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