Sarah Melia stab death anniversary appeal

Sarah Melia
Image caption Sarah Melia's body was found by her daughter

The family of a mother-of-two murdered in Bolton have made a fresh appeal for information to catch her killer on the fourth anniversary of her death.

Sarah Melia, 34, was found by her 15-year-old daughter after being stabbed to death at her home on Catherine Street West, Horwich, in January 2008.

A man was subsequently acquitted of her murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Her mother Marion Kitchen said: "The pain is the same today as it was on that dreadful day four years ago."

She added: "There is a hole in our lives that nothing or anyone can heal.

"She died in a horrific way in her own home and the two pieces missing in her life are who did this and why.

"Our appeal today is reaching out to you to help us find these answers."

A post-mortem examination concluded that Ms Melia had died as a result of stab wounds. She left behind a then 15-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son.

The murder weapon was found on the roof of a house extension close to her home.

Martin Bottomley, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "I believe there are people who will either know who killed Sarah, or have their suspicions and I would appeal to them to contact us."

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