Death of schoolgirl, 16, found hanged in derelict house NOT suspicious as man, 41, arrested for ‘murder’ is released

POLICE are no longer treating the death of a 16-year-old girl who was found hanged in a derelict building in Greater Manchester as suspicious.

Sarah Goldman was discovered in an abandoned house in Kersal, Salford, on Monday.

A 16-year-old schoolgirl was discovered dead inside this derelict building on Monday morning
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The teenager reportedly told her family she was going to the gym at 5.30am.

She was reported missing from her home in the Prestwich area of Bury around 9.25am.

Her body was found 20 minutes later in the abandoned shack near Kersal, Salford.

Paramedics were already in attendance as police arrived but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but has since been released.

The force also said it was no longer treating the death as suspicious.

A post mortem is due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.


A neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, told The Sun Online: “The girl lived nearby.

“There’s a path that you can take from her house through the woods to the derelict house where she was found.

“I was told she was found hanged by one of her family.

“There were lots of police here yesterday asking if any of the neighbours had seen the girl. It’s very sad.”

Sarah’s school King David High School in the Crumpsall area of Manchester described her a “lovely, bright pupil”.

Chair of governors Joshua Rowe said: “Sarah was a lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered pupil and she will be hugely missed by everyone at school”

Det Insp Chris Mannion, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “This is an incredibly tragic set of circumstances which I know will resonate with anyone who hears such sad news.

“Our enquiries into the death are continuing today and we are working to provide answers to the girl’s loved ones, who have understandably been left devastated.

“If you think that you may have information that can assist us in getting those answers then please contact police.”

Sarah Goldman was found dead in this derelict building
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Residents on quiet Brookside Drive in Greater Manchester, yards from where the girl’s body was discovered
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A police car was seen near the crime scene on Monday night
According to reports, the girl left home at 5.30am telling her family she was off to the gym
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