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Family tributes to woman strangled and left in boot of car as man to appear on murder charge

By Helen William

Published 18/08/2015

Killed: Katelyn Parker
Killed: Katelyn Parker

The family of a woman whose body was found in the boot of a car have paid tribute to her as "a loving and special person".

The body of 24-year-old Katelyn Parker was discovered in a blue Nissan NX100 near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on Thursday just after 3.50pm.

A post-mortem examination found that she died from a ligature strangulation, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

In a statement, Ms Parker's family said: "Katelyn was a loving and special person.

"She saw the best in everybody and was happiest when spending time with her friends and family.

"Katelyn was a vibrant and sociable young woman with a big heart and an even bigger smile.

"She will leave a void in all our lives.

"Her death, under such tragic circumstances, is something that we will never be able to come to terms with." Lee Nolan (48) of Bamford Road, Heywood, who has been charged with murder, is due to appear in custody at Bury Magistrates' Court next Monday.

Two men - a 48-year-old and a 70-year-old - were detained and, after the body was found in the boot, they were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 70-year-old has since been released without charge and faces no further action, police said.

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