A MISSING teenage girl has been found dead in a derelict building.

Police were called to Brookside Drive, in Kersal, 20 minutes after 16-year-old Sarah Goldman was reported missing from her home in Prestwich.

The teenager was a pupil at The King David High School in Crumpsall. 

A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

In a tribute, The King David High School said: "Sarah was a lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered pupil and she will be hugely missed by everyone at the school." 

Police received reports that the girl was missing from her home at about 9.25am yesterday morning.

Shortly before 9.45am, officers then received a second call saying that the girl had been found dead in a derelict building near to Brookside Drive, on the Prestwich Salford border.

The ambulance service was already in attendance as police arrived and the girl was confirmed to have died.

The cause of her death is still yet to be established however a post mortem is due to take place today.

Isiah Rosenthal, aged 76, who has lived in the area for 41 years, said: " I was inside reading yesterday morning when I heard sirens and you couldn’t get down the road.

"I don’t know who the girl is or the man. I didn’t expect anything like this. It’s a quiet street. I’m very shocked. It’s very upsetting."

Another resident said: "I heard sirens and I saw people from forensics. It’s really awful.

"This is a very quiet area. To have something like this happen so close, it’s a shock, to be honest."

Detective Inspector Chris Mannion, of GMP’s Salford District, said: “This is an incredibly tragic set of circumstances which I know will resonate with anyone who hears such sad news.

“Our enquiries into the death are continuing today and we are working to provide answers to the girl's loved ones, who have understandably been left devastated.

“If you think that you may have information that can assist us in getting those answers then please contact police.”

Greater Manchester Police’s Superintendent Caroline Hemmingway added: “We are currently investigating the tragic death of a 16-year-old girl in Kersal, and it is our top priority to find out exactly how she died.

“We have arrested a man in connection with the girl’s death however we are still keeping an open mind and will be exploring all avenues.

“The investigation is still in its early stages and a scene remains in place in the building near to Brookside Drive.

“We would like to hear form anyone who heard or saw anything unusual this morning around Brookside Drive to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We are trying to piece together this puzzle and help give the girl’s family the answers they deserve.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8172 alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.