Tributes have been paid to a GMP officer found dead at a popular beauty spot.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of Leanne McKie, a mum-of-three from Wilmslow, was found in water in Poynton in Cheshire .
Leanne, 39, was described as ‘one of the nicest women you could ever wish to meet’ by friends on social media.
The family was well-known at a previous address in Wilmslow.
A former neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It is so sad. They really were a smashing and charming family.
“Really nice, very friendly. When they moved in they brought us round a gift and we used to exchange Christmas cards.”
Another added: “They were a nice family, we used to see their three children. I can’t believe this has happened.”
A 43-year-old man from Wilmslow has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.
Cheshire Police say they believe the incident is isolated and that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.
Social media was flooded with tributes for Ms McKie.
Si Steele said: “One of the nicest women you could ever wish to meet. Never had a bad word about anyone. I’m genuinely heartbroken.
“I feel so sorry for her three beautiful children.”
Colin Price added: “Such a lovely girl and family. So sad and three young children who have to come to terms with this tragedy.”
Richie Mac added: “Absolutely tragic news. Leanne was a lovely person, one of the truly genuine ones. Rest in peace.”
Police were called at around 3.45am on Friday to reports a body had been found in the lake at Poynton Park.
Cheshire officers later confirmed it was that of Ms McKie.
Det Insp Adam Waller said: “Investigations into her death are currently ongoing and we are working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Leanne was a mother of three young children and a serving police officer in Greater Manchester Police.
GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said Ms McKie joined the force in 2001.
In a tribute he said: “My heart particularly goes out to her three young children, who she adored. Leanne worked tirelessly to provide support and seek justice for victims of sexual crimes.”
“Our thoughts at this difficult time are with Leanne’s family, friends and colleagues.
“I would like to reassure local residents that at this stage this appears to be an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in relation to her death.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 93 of September 29, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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