Police say death of British Jewish teen not murder


(JTA) — The death of a Jewish day school student whose body was found in an abandoned building in Manchester, England, is no longer being treated as a murder.

Sarah Goldman, 16, was discovered by a family member in the building near her home shortly after she was reported missing. Her death was caused by hanging, the Manchester Evening News reported.

A 41-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and was later released. Greater Manchester Police said that no further action will be taken against him.

“The death of a 16-year-old girl in Kersal, Salford, is no longer being treated as suspicious,” the police said in a statement. The police said a file on the death will be passed to the coroner.

Goldman, who attended Yavneh Girls at Manchester’s King David High School, told her family that she was going to use her Orthodox school’s gym early Monday morning, around 5 a.m., the Manchester Evening News reported.

The girl was reported missing to police at 9:25 a.m. that day, and her body was found by a family member about 20 minutes later.

The Jewish school said in a statement that students were being offered support in the wake of the death. It said that “Sarah was a lovely, bright, intelligent and well-mannered pupil and she will be hugely missed by everyone at school.”

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