Her body was discovered at the town's Orrell Water Park - where there are two reservoirs surrounded by woodland.
Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after being brutally attacked near her college in Wigan.
The 18-year-old's family reported her missing on Friday evening after she failed to return home after college.
An autopsy revealed that she had been killed by "multiple wounds to the neck", according to BBC News.
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A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in Orrell Water Park in Wigan.
Detective Superintendent Howard Millington from GMP's major incident team said: "First of all my thoughts continue to be with Ellen's family at this devastating time".
Her friend Katie Hatton wrote on Facebook: "Absolutely heartbreaking that this horror had to happen to such a lovely and caring young girl, always smiling and making me laugh in psychology".
In a statement a Winstanley College spokesman said: "We are deeply shocked and mourning the loss of a wonderful young woman, Ellen Higginbottom. R.I.P. Ellen". The teen's friends pleaded with the public via social media to get in contact with the family if they knew anything about her whereabouts. "You will be missed xxx".
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She had pleaded on the internet for people to help find Ellen, saying: "Her phone is going to voicemail and all her friends and family are extremely anxious". "Police searched the area and at around 2.30am on Saturday 17 June 2017 sadly a body was found." she continued.
So far, the police have said that there was also another report of two younger women who were being followed by two odd men on Thursday in the same area.
"The post-mortem has now taken place and we have a clearer picture of what may have happened to Ellen, but we are still piecing together her exact movements in the lead-up to her death".
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