Police say death of girl, 16, found hanging in a barn is NOT suspicious

A man arrested after a 16-year-old girl was found hanged in a derelict building has been released without charge.

Sarah Goldman was found dead in a derelict building at about 9.45am in Kersal, Salford, on Monday. 

Greater Manchester Police initially got involved when the girl was reported missing, but 20 minutes later family members called to say a body had been found.

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after she was found but has since been released and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said there will be no further action taken.

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.

Sarah attended King David High School, a mixed Jewish Orthodox school in Crumpsall, Greater Manchester.

The teenager's body was discovered inside this building in Kersal, Salford on Monday

The teenager's body was discovered inside this building in Kersal, Salford on Monday

The teenager’s body was discovered inside this building in Kersal, Salford on Monday

The teenager was reported missing on Monday and police later said they had found a body

The teenager was reported missing on Monday and police later said they had found a body

The teenager was reported missing on Monday and police later said they had found a body

Tributes were paid to the ‘lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered’ schoolgirl.

The school paid tribute to her in a statement from the chair of governors Joshua Rowe.

It read: ‘Sarah was a lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered pupil and she will be hugely missed by everyone at school.’

It is understood police have been told she was last seen at about 5.30am on Monday. She is thought to have told her family she was going to school early to use the gym.

The empty property where Sarah was found is separated from her family home across a plot of rough land

The empty property where Sarah was found is separated from her family home across a plot of rough land

The empty property where Sarah was found is separated from her family home across a plot of rough land

One neighbour said: ‘They’re a Jewish family and I knew the girl to say hello to. They’re a nice family. I think she had four or five brothers and she was the only girl. 

‘The police have been outside all night. My neighbour told me she’d been found dead and I couldn’t believe it. We’re all really shocked by it.’

Another said: ‘God save us all. I don’t know anything about what happened but it’s very sad. We’re all rubbing our eyes and the whole community will support them.

‘They’re a fantastic family. It’s the biggest shock in the world and we’re hoping it’s not real and we’re going to wake up. We’re all there to support them.’

The cause of death has yet to be established. Police have roped off the scene to investigate

The cause of death has yet to be established. Police have roped off the scene to investigate

The cause of death has yet to be established. Police have roped off the scene to investigate

The empty property where Sarah was found is separated from her family home across a plot of rough land. 

Greater Manchester Police said they were keeping an ‘open mind’ about the circumstances of the girl’s death.

Superintendent Caroline Hemmingway said: ‘We are currently investigating the tragic death of a 16-year-old girl in Kersal, and it is our top priority to find out exactly how she died.

‘We have arrested a man in connection with the girl’s death however we are still keeping an open mind and will be exploring all avenues.

The investigation is 'still in its early stages and a scene remains in place', police have said

The investigation is 'still in its early stages and a scene remains in place', police have said

The investigation is ‘still in its early stages and a scene remains in place’, police have said

‘The investigation is still in its early stages and a scene remains in place in the building near to Brookside Drive.

‘We would like to hear from anyone who heard or saw anything unusual this morning around Brookside Drive to get in touch as soon as possible.

‘We are trying to piece together this puzzle and help give the girl’s family the answers they deserve.’ 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8172, by calling 101 or the through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

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