Police, who spent three months searching for the home of the former family of a woman who went missing 50 years ago, say they have “eliminated” all traditional lines of inquiry.
Isabella Skelton, New MacDoll, left her home on Ledyard Street in Krampsall on June 6, 1969. She has not been seen since.
Her daughter, Linda Chapman, made several attempts over the years to find her mother – called Easy.
She has placed newspaper ads, worked with the Salvation Army and the Charity Missing People, and posted details of Isabella on the US Dow Network.
Linda even enlisted the help of the Preston branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has a family history library and archive at its base in Utah.
But that didn’t happen until Linda officially reported Isabella’s disappearance in August 2019, when police began a full investigation into the case.
In April of this year, detectives launched a massive search of the family’s former home on Ledyard Street in Crumps.
At the time, officials predicted the search would take about three weeks.
But officers were raiding every inch of the property in early July.
Specialist officers spent three months combing the roofed house.
They inspected every inch of the roofed house, even digging the basement and foundations.
He hoped to find a clue that would help him understand what happened to Isabella when she went missing without a trace.
But Greater Manchester Police issued a statement today stating that no human remains or finds had been found to be “significant”.
A spokesman for the force said: “After 12 weeks of excavation work on a property on Ledyard Street, Crimpsell, we can now confirm that there are no human remains or findings regarding the disappearance of Isabella Skeleton. Will be important for investigation, do not exist.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“However, we will always be open-minded and consider whether there is another way to help Isabella’s family provide the answers they desperately need.”
Linda said last week. Manchester Evening News.She will not give up
“People think because they didn’t get anything, that’s the end of it, but it’s not. By no means,” he said.
“[Police] He explained that he did not find anything. But at the end of the day, he said, it was not over and the investigation was ongoing.
In June – around the anniversary of Isabella’s disappearance – Linda, her brothers and her father were invited to a home on Ledyard Street.
Linda said: “At first I didn’t think I wanted to go. Then when I thought about it, I thought I wouldn’t be relieved if I didn’t go.
“It was a little emotional. I’m glad I’m gone. I can feel the memories coming back.
“I was upset standing in the front room. You go back to your childhood home and you can only imagine that. I remember my mother sitting on the seat in the back room.
Linda visited the house with her husband Keith and brother Stephen.
She says: “They wanted to see if we remembered anything about the basement. So we all went downstairs.
“It was all digging and they were digging in the mud. They decided they were going under the kitchen and under the stairs.
“They took us out into the yard and asked, ‘What do we remember?’
The visit took place on June 7 – 52 years and a day after Isabella went missing.
The mother of three was 35 when she left her home in North Manchester in 1969.
She disappeared a few days before Linda’s 15th birthday, telling her teenage daughter she was going to work.
Linda presents her mother with curly hair, patty, clean and proud.
Born January 21, 1934 in Glasgow Isabella married Lewis Skeleton in July 1952.
The couple had three children – Linda, Richard and Stephen.
He moved to Greater Manchester in the early 1960’s, first to Salford and then to Crumps.
She is thought to have attended school in Anderson Cross, Scotland, and was a good friend of Anna Owen at the time.
He did some work with a florist and also worked for the James Howden Engineering Company in Glasgow.
Isabella worked for the Salford-based courier company Atlas Express and for Gallagher Cigarettes and Ball Bearing Services.
Linda says police have conducted a financial check and there is nothing to suggest that her accounts or National Insurance numbers have been used since her disappearance.
“I am under the impression that when someone dies, the death goes against their national insurance number and birth certificate.
“Her NI number would be the same even if she changed her name.
“I can’t accept that he left us.”
Linda says she will continue her search in every possible way.
“I will do my best. I will do my best,” she says.
“We are now two years below the line but it is more than 50 years since they first went missing.
“I really have mixed feelings about the house. I wanted them to find something but I didn’t do it all at once. It’s very difficult.”
Isabella will now be 88 years old.
Detective last summer. A special computer-generated image was released to show how the mother looks today. .
Speaking at the time, Linda said: “Records only go back to a specific date. Police could not find any hospital records for it, nor did they have any record of claiming a government pension or anything. There must be some reason why she is not doing it.
Since Isabella’s disappearance, her children have had their own children and grandchildren.
Now a grandmother herself, Linda – who lives in Whitefield – says the hardest part about missing a mother is knowing that she has lost many important milestones.
At the very least, she wants to know if she is alive and well.
“She was cute,” Linda told MEN during a Christmas Eve interview last year.
“It was terrible when he left. Really terrible.
“I think about it every day. And every time it gets closer to June 6, I know.
“I don’t have to write it down – I know how I feel.
“I never stopped thinking about it.”