Manchester: Police search home of woman who disappeared in 1969

Manchester: Police search home of woman who disappeared in 1969


Detectives plan to spend two weeks combing the home for clues (Picture: GMP/MEN Media)Detectives and forensic officers are searching the former home of a woman who went missing 50 years ago in hope of finding fresh leads.
The terraced house in Crumpsall, Manchester, has been cordoned off as part of a long running investigation into the disappearance of Isabella Skelton.
Isabella, known to friends as Izzy, left her family home in June 1969, aged 35, and never came back.
But investigators haven’t given up trying to find her, having released a computer generated image in September showing what she might look like now.
Today, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that specialist officers were searching the old family home of Islabella, now 87.
Detectives say they are keeping an open mind as they do all they can to find out what has happened to her.
The search at the home is expected to last at least two weeks and the current occupants, who have no link to Isabella or her family, have been temporarily relocated.

Investigators released a computer generated image last year showing what Isabella might look like now (Picture: GMP)

Police have cordoned off the scene on Lidiard Street, Crumpsall, Manchester (Picture: MEN Media)

The current occupants, who have no link to Isabella, have been temporarily relocated (Picture: MEN Media)More: Manchester

Leading the search is detective inspector Claire Moss, who said: ‘Isabella’s family continue to seek answers to her disappearance over 50 years ago and we are now taking our enquiries back to the address where she is last known to have resided before her disappearance in a bid for any clues that could help us.
‘I want to reassure the local community that our work in the next few weeks is purely to try and aid our investigation.’
Detective Sergeant Jamie Heaton added: ‘We have been working with local partner agencies to ensure that there is minimal disruption for residents in the area, and I encourage anyone with any concerns in the coming days to speak to our uniformed officers on the ground that will be on hand to provide information.
‘When people are reported missing to the police, no matter the passage of time, it is crucial that we do everything we can to find them.”
‘Should there be a need to update residents further during this period, we will make sure that they are informed where necessary.’
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