Sarah Rigby, 11, had gone to her father's house from Kingsway primary school on Wednesday. At 3.45 she went out to play with a friend, still wearing her school uniform of a navy-blue skirt and white jumper under a purple and green anorak.
She was expected back by 5pm. Her father, Jimmy, and mother, Brenda - who is separated from Mr Rigby but was at the house - raised the alarm at about 7pm. Her body was found at 10.15am yesterday when police forced their way into a flat above a former cycle shop in Brighton Street, Seacombe.
A post-mortem examination established that Sarah had been strangled and had been sexually assaulted.
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