Family of woman, 26, raped and murdered say she has “warmest smile” in tragic tribute

The family of a 26-year-old woman who was raped and killed have described her as having the “warmest smile and biggest heart” in a heartbreaking tribute.

Elizabeth McCann, 26, was found dead at a property in Ashton Under Lyne, Gtr Manchester, on Thursday.

Simon Goold, 51, of Manchester Road, Ashton is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday charged with murder, rape and assault by penetration.

Paying tribute to Elizabeth, her family said: “Elizabeth was a very happy and bubbly young lady, who loved to help everyone.

“She loved to go on walks to places like Hartshead Pike, Dovestones and along the canals.

Her favourite place to go was Blackpool, especially at Halloween, to see all the decorations and the costumes people were wearing.

“Elizabeth had the biggest heart anyone could ask for, and the warmest smile. She was taken from us too soon, the world hadn’t gotten to know the love Elizabeth gave. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.”

Elizabeth’s body was discovered after police received a call at around 9am on Thursday August 25, claiming a woman had died.

A man was arrested a short while later at the local police station.

Goold has been remanded in custody pending his next appearance at court on August 30.