Lindsay Birbeck Death – Dead | Passed Away – Obituary
Lindsay Birbeck Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Lindsay Birbeck.
A 17-year-old boy who murdered Accrington mother-of-two Lindsay Birbeck has today been sentenced.
Rocky Marciano Price, 17, of Whinney Hill Road, Accrington has been jailed for 16 years at Preston Crown Court today.
Lindsay, 47, left her house on Burnley Road in Accrington on 12 August 2019 to go for a walk. Tragically, she never returned home.
Lindsay’s disappearance sparked a major investigation to find her, with multiple agencies and members of the public searching tirelessly for 12 days.
The search was concluded on 24 August 2019 when Lindsay’s body was sadly found concealed in Accrington Cemetery, leading police to declare a murder investigation and a subsequent manhunt for her killer.
A post mortem examination revealed Lindsay died as a result of severe neck injuries and we believe she was killed within minutes of leaving her home. The scene of Lindsay’s murder has never been identified, but police think it happened on an area known locally as the Coppice.
CCTV suggests Lindsay’s body was moved to the cemetery in a blue wheelie bin on Saturday 17th August.
Following a CCTV appeal for information, Price, then 16, was identified, arrested and charged in connection with Lindsay’s murder.
Lindsay’s shoes were found during a search of a skip from the cemetery. The soles had been cut off and Price’s DNA was found on them.
Price always denied murder, but admitted to moving Lindsay’s body, saying that he was acting on behalf of an unknown man.
On Wednesday (August 12th), he was convicted of murdering Lindsay following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
An order which allowed him anonymity because of his age was lifted yesterday (August 13th), which means Price can now be publicly named.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Tim McDermott, who helped oversee the investigation, said: “Today is the culmination of over 12 months work with it being just beyond a year that Lindsay disappeared. No sentence of the court can ever bring Lindsay back or take away the sorrow of her loss, but I am pleased have been able to get justice for her and those who cared for her.
“Lindsay lost her life needlessly and we may never know why because not only did Price deny killing her, he claimed he moved her body for a man he didn’t know. This was a lie which thankfully, the jury saw straight through.
“Lindsay was loved dearly by her friends and family, particularly her daughter Sarah and son Steven, and I hope that today they will feel some sense of closure now that the court process is over.
“I would like to thank Lindsay’s loved ones who supported our investigation throughout, as well as the community of Accrington who helped with the search for her.
“Finally, I must commend the many officers and staff who worked on finding out what happened to Lindsay and who killed her so we could get the result she and her family deserved.”
Lindsay’s family added: “As a family we are grateful that justice has been served and that the defendant has been given 16 years.
“No sentence will ever be long enough and we hope that he spends the rest of his life in prison so no other family have to go through the trauma that we have had for the last 12 months.
“We are all emotionally exhausted and feel completely and utterly numb. We are running on empty and feel that we cannot find any other words to describe our absolute heartbreak at losing Lindsay – we don’t feel that it has even began to sink in yet that she isn’t coming home.
“We cannot thank everybody enough for the compassion that they have shown to our family but we now feel we need to have some privacy so that we can start our grieving process and begin to come to terms with our terrible loss.”
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as family statement on the death is yet to be released.