Inquiry as mum-of-two is found dead

Marianne Minter
Marianne Minter

An inquest has opened into the death of a Wigan mum-of-two.

The body of Marianne Clare Minter, 41, also known as Marianne Watts, was found at an address on Ascroft Avenue in Beech Hill, Wigan, on May 5.

Neighbours say they believe that the grim discovery was made by one of her children on coming home from school.

Police confirmed they were called to the address at around 4.05pm following reports that a woman’s body had been found.

They discovered the body of a 41-year-old woman but said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Tributes have been paid to Marianne, who had a teenage son and daughter, on social media.

Gary Williams wrote: “This has taken me an age to sink in, devastated beyond words, this year so far has cruelly taken those that I love unconditionally,

“Marianne Watts you will always be missed by myself and the many that were touched by your presence.”

Karen Mckeon wrote: “Thinking of you all. Always here if you need me. Will miss your mum loads.”

Molly Harrison added: “She will always be with you and always be looking down at you.”

Elaine Anderson said: “I can’t find the words. I’m so sorry.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Shortly before 4.05pm on May 5, police were called to an address on Ascroft Avenue in the Beech Hill area of Wigan to reports that the body of a woman had been found.

“Officers attended and found the body of a 41-year-old woman.

“There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a file has been prepared for the coroner.”

The inquest was opened at Bolton Coroner’s Court on Thursday and adjourned for the preparation of reports pending a full hearing, the provisional date for which is August 18.