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Mum-of-two who went missing more than two years ago found dead near river

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The body of a woman who went missing more than two years ago has been found in south Manchester.

Mum-of-two Christina Rack, 48, was last seen on October 1, 2018.

Last month, on April 13, Christina's body was found by dog walkers in the Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve area close to the River Mersey.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances around her death, the force said in a statement issued today (May 28).

Her disappearance and death remain unexplained: In October 2018, her brother Martin told the Manchester Evening News : "There was nothing to suspect that she was going to disappear.

"There was no issue," he added, "no argument within the family which had come to a head."

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Christina was last seen at around at 8.15pm on October 1 2018, when she left the family home in Chorlton, Manchester.

Her family believe she had been intending to meet her son for a walk in nearby woodland at Chorlton Meadows.

Police have searched the area near her home, Chorlton Meadows, and the nearby Sale Water Park several times since she disappeared.

Christina suffered with mental health issues and when she left the home she shares with her daughter, Lola and son Jacob she forgot to take her medication.

Her brother Martin said: "She was last seen at quarter past eight at home by her daughter. She had been on the phone to her son, who was out walking in Chorlton Meadows area and she had agreed to go out and meet him, and walk the dog."

A fortnight after Christina's disappearance, Martin told the MEN: "Christina has had mental health issues and previously she has been missing for less than a day. But normally she would present as being confused and a member of the public would alert the police.

"She left home without her purse. She might have some cash with her. The mobile phone she had with her stopped working about an hour and a half after she left home.

"At 9.45pm the phone was located as being within that Sale Water Park area. After that either the battery has died or it has been switched off."

Christina's son Jacob was waiting for her that evening on a bench in an area known as Ivy Green, a woodland park about a ten minute walk from the family home.

Christina enjoyed the outdoors, martin says. "She was always going out with the dog, birdwatching, she is very chatty and personable. My mum and sister would talk to her every day for hours on end, and she's funny."

Martin pleaded: "I would just say to her get in contact – if it's not with us, with someone, so we know you are safe."

He added: "She walks a lot. While the police search is focused on Sale Water Park and Chorlton Meadows, she could have gone further."

Detectives are urging anyone with information about Christina's disappearance to get in touch with them.

If anyone has any information concerning Christina's disappearance, please call 0161 856 973 quoting Operation Darwent.

Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report via the Greater Manchester Police website or Live Chat on the GMP website.

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