Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'She Made the World a Better Place with Everything She Said and Did.'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'She Made the World a Better Place with Everything She Said and Did.'

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THE parents of Ellen Higginbottom lived through an ordeal that no family should have to experience.

Ellen's devastated dad Mike, a businessman, and schoolteacher mum Kay, had believed their daughter would return safely after she went out for a walk before meeting friends.

But instead they were forced to endure an agonising wait while police searched for their missing daughter - only to be told the worst possible news.

The Higginbottoms were not in court to hear the sentencing.

But in a statement released after the case, dad Mike paid an emotional tribute to his daughter.

He said: "There can never be anything even remotely approaching justice for what was done to Ellen, but what can be done has been done and both Kay and I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been involved in bringing about today's achievement.

"We were tremendously lucky

CAPTION: to have shared 18 years with her and everyone else who knew her will identify with that feeling. …

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