Today, Thursday 14 September 2017, Mark Buckley of Preston has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 31 years after pleading guilty to Ellen’s murder at an earlier hearing.
At around 7.20pm on Friday 16 June 2017 police received a call to report 18-year-old Ellen Higginbottom from Worsley missing from home.
Ellen had not returned from college, this was extremely out of character and her family and friends were very worried.
A police search began in Orrell Water Park in Wigan, as this was the last place she was known to have been. Around 2.30am on Saturday 17 June 2017 Ellen’s body was found.