Man found dead in Wigan lake named as missing rugby player, 18, after three teens arrested over his ‘murder’

Man found dead in Wigan lake named as missing rugby player, 18, after three teens arrested over his ‘murder’

October 5, 2020

A MAN found dead in a lake in Wigan has been named as a missing rugby player after three teens were arrested over his alleged murder.

Samson Price, 18, was found floating in water at Scotman’s flash beauty spot on Sunday afternoon.


He had been missing since Saturday night with family and friends launching a frantic Facebook appeal.

Three suspects, aged 17, 18 and 19, are in custody while they are quizzed by cops.

Pals said Samson's death was a “nightmare” and described him as a “top lad” in heartfelt tributes.

'NIGHTMARE'

On a page set up to raise money for his funeral, friend Tyler Pilling wrote: “As you all know, we have all received the worst possible news. Samson was a top lad and is a big loss to many people.

“Samson was a great rugby lad and great mate, to myself and many others.

“I’ve set up this page to help Samson’s family to give him the best send off that he deserves. Sending thoughts and love to Samson’s family and friends throughout this horrible time.

“R.i.p lad, thinking of you always. Gone but never forgotten x"

Samson was a top lad and is a big loss to many people.

One friend wrote: “I’m heart broke for my baby cuz it’s like a nightmare gone way to soon"

Another said: “Rest in peace samson you didn’t deserve this, taken too soon. You’ll be missed"

One pal posted: "Can't believe I'm writing this, RIP Samson, the most lovely lad who brought a smile to my face every shift. Gone way too soon- thoughts are with your close friends and familyxx"

Officers were called to the lake after “reports of a concern for welfare of a man”.

A Greater Manchester Police statement said: "Inquiries are in their infancy and officers remain at the scene whilst investigation work is carried out.

"Officers are keeping an open mind as the circumstances surrounding the man's death are established."


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