Police sergeant Darren McKie arrested over murder of detective wife Leanne who ‘lived for her three kids’ as mum-of-three is remembered as ‘beautiful soul inside and out’

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POLICE are quizzing a cop over the murder of his detective wife whose body was found dumped in a lake.

Sergeant Darren McKie, 43, was arrested on suspicion of killing mum-of-three Leanne, 39.

 Police Sgt Darren McKie, 43, is being questioned on suspicion of murdering his detective wife Leanne

Police Sgt Darren McKie, 43, is being questioned on suspicion of murdering his detective wife Leanne
 Mum-of-three Leanne McKie, 39, was found dead in a Cheshire lake on Friday morning

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Mum-of-three Leanne McKie, 39, was found dead in a Cheshire lake on Friday morning
 Leanne, 39, on holiday with her husband Darren McKie, 43, and their three children. Police Sgt Darren is being quizzed by cops over his wife's death

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Leanne, 39, on holiday with her husband Darren McKie, 43, and their three children. Police Sgt Darren is being quizzed by cops over his wife’s death
 Murder investigators recovered a car outside the Wilmslow house Leanne McKie, 39, shared with her husband and three children

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Murder investigators recovered a car outside the Wilmslow house Leanne McKie, 39, shared with her husband and three children

Both worked for Greater Manchester Police whose forensic experts were yesterday scouring the £400,000 dream home the pair moved into days earlier.

Leanne’s devastated uncle Robert Chesworth, 71, told The Sun on Sunday: “They’ve been together a long time and have three lovely children.

“Everything seemed fine but now Leanne is dead. It is more than we can cope with.

“Poor, poor Leanne. She was the most wonderful woman. She lived for the kids.”

Leanne, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, was found on Friday at Poynton Park Lake near Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Robert, of Chester, said the family had been under strain since her 65-year-old mum Ellen Dodd was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

 Floral tributes were laid outside the house today as forensics teams scoured for evidence

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Floral tributes were laid outside the house today as forensics teams scoured for evidence
 A tribute describes Leanne, 39, a 'beautiful, amazing soul'

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A tribute describes Leanne, 39, a ‘beautiful, amazing soul’
 Mum-of-three Leanne, who was a serving officer with Greater Manchester police, was described as the 'most beautiful person'

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Mum-of-three Leanne, who was a serving officer with Greater Manchester police, was described as the ‘most beautiful person’
 Friends gathered at the family home in Wilmslow, Cheshire to leave tributes today

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Friends gathered at the family home in Wilmslow, Cheshire to leave tributes today
 The family had just moved into the detached home after renovations

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The family had just moved into the detached home after renovations
 Leanne McKie, 39, was a serving police officer with Greater Manchester Police

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Leanne McKie, 39, was a serving police officer with Greater Manchester Police

Leanne’s dad, Raymond, 68, of Deeside, North Wales, often cared for the ­grandchildren because his daughter and husband Darren worked similar shifts.

She recently posted snaps online of him, their son George, 11, and younger daughters.

The day before she was found, Leanne shared photos of the home the family moved to after renting nearby.

New tenant, mum-of-three Armani Caan, 29, who collected the keys off Mr McKie, said on Saturday: “He said he was thrilled to bits about moving into the new home.

“He was a typical dad, making food for the kids as he showed me around. He seemed a normal, simple guy.

“He was polite and friendly.”

Another neighbour said: “They were a very likeable, happy family.”

 Leanne, seen here with Darren McKie ahead of a ball in 2014, was found dead in Poynton Park lake on Friday morning

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Leanne, seen here with Darren McKie ahead of a ball in 2014, was found dead in Poynton Park lake on Friday morning
 Investigators put up a tent at the scene where Leanne's body was found

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Investigators put up a tent at the scene where Leanne’s body was found
 Forensics officers were pictured at the family home in Wilmslow today after Leanne's body was found in a Cheshire lake

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Forensics officers were pictured at the family home in Wilmslow today after Leanne’s body was found in a Cheshire lake

Police towed two cars away from the house yesterday — as friends left heartfelt tributes outside.

One addressed from the Rogers read: “Leanne, the most beautiful person inside and out.

“A fantastic mother friend and daughter. Rest in peace my beautiful friend.”

Another said: “Leanne, you were a beautiful amazing soul.

“You will be so painfully missed by us all.

“Sleep tight angel, love and kisses, the Roberstons”.

Leanne, 39, was described as “one of the nicest women you could ever wish to meet” by friends online.

One former neighbour said: “I can’t believe it. It’s terrible. She was a lovely woman with a young family. It’s too awful for words.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, of Greater Manchester Police, issued a tribute to the “popular” detective who worked in the Serious Sexual Offences Unit.

 Officers are continuing the murder investigation after 43-year-old Darren McKie was arrested

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Officers are continuing the murder investigation after 43-year-old Darren McKie was arrested
 Forensics teams were gathering evidence at the family home while tributes were paid to the devoted serving officer

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Forensics teams were gathering evidence at the family home while tributes were paid to the devoted serving officer
 Police can be seen outside the family home near a house they had rented until just weeks earlier during renovations

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Police can be seen outside the family home near a house they had rented until just weeks earlier during renovations
 The rented property at Arlington Crescent, where the family had stayed during renovation work

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The rented property at Arlington Crescent, where the family had stayed during renovation work

“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that the body of serving GMP officer Leanne McKie was found in Poynton yesterday morning and a murder investigation has been launched by Cheshire Police”, he said.

“I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to Leanne’s family and friends at this devastating time.

“My heart particularly goes out to her three young children, who she adored.

“Leanne has served with Greater Manchester Police since 2001 and was a detective working with the serious sexual offences unit.

“Leanne worked tirelessly to provide support and seek justice for victims of sexual crimes.

“Leanne was a popular figure among her colleagues, who have been left devastated by the news of her tragic death.

“She will be sorely missed by everyone she worked with.”

 Leanne with her children and husband Darren last Christmas. Friends described them as a 'beautiful' family

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Leanne with her children and husband Darren last Christmas. Friends described them as a ‘beautiful’ family
 Leanne McKie, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, posted this family picture on Facebook the day after the Manchester Arena terror attack

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Leanne McKie, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, posted this family picture on Facebook the day after the Manchester Arena terror attack
 Leanne's Facebook page showed her beaming with her family - including Sgt husband Darren

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Leanne’s Facebook page showed her beaming with her family – including Sgt husband Darren
 Leanne's social media pages feature dozens of touching snaps with her family

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Leanne’s social media pages feature dozens of touching snaps with her family

Detective Inspector Adam Waller of Cheshire Police said: “Leanne was a mother of three young children and a serving police officer in Greater Manchester Police.

“Our thoughts at this difficult time are with Leanne’s family, friends and colleagues.

“I would like reassure local residents that at this stage this appears to be an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in relation to her death.

“I would urge also to ask anyone who believes they may have witnessed what happened, saw anything suspicious or unusual, or has any information which could assist officers with their enquiries, to contact us on 101.”

Body of female police officer Leanne McKie found in a lake near Manchester

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