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Diana Lee murder: Murder suspect image released

Image of man wanted by Cheshire Police
Image caption Police said the man was seen trying to set light to the car before riding off on a blue women's bicycle

An image of a man wanted in relation to the death of a Cheshire woman whose body was found in a burning garage has been released by police.

The body of Diana Lee, 54, was found by firefighters tackling the blaze at her home on Byley Lane in Cranage, near Holmes Chapel, on 9 August.

The hooded man police wish to speak to was seen trying to set fire to Mrs Lee's car on the morning of the fire.

A post-mortem examination found Mrs Lee had died from head injuries.

A man from Hale, Greater Manchester, arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of her body, has since been released on bail.

Det Supt Martin Cleworth said the force was also investigating Mrs Lee's movements on the evening before she died.

Detectives do not know what she did after leaving a dinner date with friends in Knutsford.

Mr Cleworth said: "What is of interest to us is that Diana was in fact heading away from her home, north out of Knutsford after she left the restaurant.

Image caption Diana Lee was found in the garage of her home in Cranage

"Forty-two minutes later, at 11:17pm, Diana was heading back towards Cranage, south on the A50.

"We consider Diana's final movements as significant - we do not know where she went or who she may have met."

A police spokesman said Mrs Lee's car was at her home address until 10:00 BST on the morning of the fire and was then seen "heading down Byley Lane in the direction of Middlewich".

He said when it was seen again 30 minutes later, "a man was trying to set it alight".

"After being disturbed by a witness he rode off on a blue women's bicycle that is believed belonged to the victim," he said.

He added that Mrs Lee's killer may have known her as there "was no sign of forced entry" and was "likely to have knowledge of the Cranage, Holmes Chapel and Mobberley areas".

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