Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Boyfriend is sought in hunt for young mother-of-two Linzi Ashton's killer

Linzi Ashton
Linzi Ashton

Police have named the man they want to speak to over the "brutal" murder of a woman at her home.

The body of mother-of-two Linzi Ashton (25) was found after police were called to a house in Salford shortly before 6pm on Saturday.

Greater Manchester Police have launched a manhunt for Michael Cope who they believe is responsible for her death.

Cope (28) had been in an "acrimonious" relationship with the barmaid and their turbulent love life had been the subject of previous police contact.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Shenton said: "Linzi is the mother of two young children and has been brutally murdered.

"It is an early stage of the investigation and I am not going to speculate as to to the cause of Linzi's death. I am satisfied that she has been brutally assaulted.

"This is a fast-moving investigation and I have declared a suspect who I believe responsible for Linzi's death, a former partner of hers, a local Salford man by the name of Michael Cope.

"Michael Cope and Linzi had been in a relationship. That relationship has been acrimonious and indeed the subject of reports to the police.

"I need the public's support to locate and actually provide information which will allow the police to arrest Cope."

Police confirmed Ms Ashton had visible injuries to her head and face.

Mr Shenton said Cope was still likely to be in Salford.