Police release murder suspect e-fit after Cheshire woman found dead at home – Manchester man remains on bail

By Dean Wilkins

Police hunting a man wanted in connection after a woman was found dead at a house fire in Cheshire are releasing an e-fit of the suspect – a Manchester man arrested on suspicion of murder remains on bail.

Firefighters discovered the body Diane Lee, 54, at her home on Byley Lane, Cranage, on August 9 following a fire in her garage.

Ms Lee was well-known within East Cheshire for owning the luxurious Parklands Cattery – where cats are have separate rooms, TVs and radios – and police suspect the murderer was known to her.

An e-fit of a man in a hooded top who was seen trying to set fire to the victim’s car on the morning the body was discovered is being released by police as they seek the public’s help.

Detective Superintendent Martin Cleworth, of Cheshire Police, said: “What is of interest to us is that Diana was in fact heading away from her home, north out of Knutsford after she left the restaurant.

“Some 42 minutes later at 11.17pm, Diana was heading back towards her home address in Cranage, south on the A50.

“We consider Diana’s final movements as significant – we do not know where she went between these times or who she may have met.

“I would ask anyone who knows Diana, or indeed anyone who may have knowledge of her movements that evening, to contact us as a priority.”

E-FIT: Cheshire police release image of suspect seen trying to ignite Ms Lee’s car

On the evening before she was found dead, Ms Lee went out for dinner with friends in Knutsford, they claimed she was happy and sociable, showing no signs of concern.

A 48-year-old man, from Hale, Manchester, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Springfield or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CHESHIRE MURDER: Ms Lee’s body was found by firefighters after garage fire

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