Residents of hall road in Rusholme Manchester United have expressed their shock as police launch a murder investigation following the disappearance of a young mum and her daughter.
Hadeer Jamil Alonazi’s six-year-old daughter has been found safe and well, but her mother remains missing after disappearing more than a week ago and police fear she may have come to harm and may not be alive.
Detectives have arrested two men on suspicion of murdering Ms. Alonazi after her daughter was found safe. The men aged 40 and 43, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday and remain in custody for questioning.
Officers have been carrying out searches at the property for several days and a police sniffer dog was today working in the alleyways behind the terraced property.
Many of the neighbours on the street, which is largely populated by students, were unaware of the details of the investigation when the M.E.N visited on Wednesday afternoon.
They said they had seen police activity on the road and at a terraced house for several days but were unaware of the details. Nobody knew Ms. Alonazi but said they were shocked to hear that police believe she may be dead.
One neighbour, who moved to the area last weekend, said: “We moved in as this was happening so I don’t know what to say.
“We hope she is found and hopes she is okay. We have been seeing police in the area since Monday and a lot of vans around.
Another resident said
“It’s quite a transient population around here so not everyone knows each other. We were shocked when we saw the police and in forensics uniforms because you only see that when it’s something really serious. The police have been there since around Sunday.
“It’s really sad to hear. The police have been searching for days so you would think they would have found something. They have been working there night and day. Last night they were looking through the rubbish.”
Ms. Alonazi in her 20s and from Rusholme was reported missing to police on July 2. But it’s understood she had not been seen for some time before that.
It was also reported that the whereabouts of her six-year-old daughter were unknown. A scene is expected to remain in place on Hall Road for some time.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson, of Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team, said officers have been ‘pushing every single line of inquiry’ in this ‘unusual’ investigation.
“In any inquisition, our priority is always to prevent harm coming to people and to preserve life, which is why we haven’t been able to disclose any of these details until now,” she said.
“Now we are satisfied that Hadeer’s daughter has been located and is safe and well, we are able to confirm details and ask that anyone information comes forward.