Police descended on a small patch of woodland close to Buile Hill Park at around 8:10 am yesterday morning (9th July) after they were alerted to a body having been found by school children which appeared to be wrapped in plastic. The children were heading to school for morning lessons at the nearby Buile Hill Academy when the grisly discovery was made.
Police have now disclosed that the deceased is Northern Quarter chef Hiran Chauhan who has been missing since 10:30pm on the 2nd of July.
While formal identification is yet to take place, police believe this to be the body of 24-year-old Hiran Chuahan who was reported missing on Thursday 4 July 2019. His family have been informed.
Hiram is said to have visited the McDonald's restaurant in Piccadilly Gardens before starting his journey home via tram, CCTV footage places him at the Cornbrook stop at 11:08 pm, he then changed tram to start his journey along the Eccles line whereupon he got off at Langworthy at around 11:31pm. Police were alerted after he failed to return home as expected.
A 32 year old man from Salford has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been held in custody for questioning by police.
His family mounted a huge search for him in the local area and had been knocking door to door in an attempt to locate him, they also conducted an online campaign to make the public aware of his disappearance in the hope someone may have seen him.
A statement from GMP reads,
"While formal identification is yet to take place, police believe this to be the body of 24-year-old Hiram Chuahan who was reported missing on Thursday 4 July 2019. His family have been informed."
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
“This is a tragic and shocking incident and our most heartfelt thoughts are with Hiran’s family at what is an unimaginably difficult time.
“People in the Eccles Old Road area will continue to see an increased police presence while further enquiries are conducted.
“We have arrested a man in connection with this incident and continue to appeal for information from the public.
“We understand that this is a heinous incident and I’d like to reassure people that we have a team of highly-skilled detectives and forensics experts working on this case.
“If you noticed something suspicious or have any information that may assist our enquiries, then please get in touch as a matter of urgency.”
Detectives are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who has information or has any video footage captured between 11.10pm on Tuesday 2 July 2019 and 9am on Tuesday 9 July 2019 on Eccles Old Road between Weaste Lane and Castleway including Rivington Road.
Files can be uploaded online via the investigation page on the Major Incident Public Portal.
Search mipp.police.uk and click on the tile for this investigation and follow the instructions.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting reference number 585 of 09/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.