Woman, 35, raped in own home by intruder still on run found dead a week later

Tributes poured in for a woman tragically found dead a week after being raped in her own home by an unknown intruder.

Angeline Phillips, 35, was attacked in her house in Salford, Greater Manchester, on January 23, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Police launched a manhunt but Ms Phillips was found dead a week later, on January 30, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious. Her attacker has not yet been caught and the police investigation continues.

A spokeswoman for Bolton Coroners' Court confirmed a file relating to Ms Phillips' death had been received.

Due to the contact, Ms Phillips had with Greater Manchester Police prior to her death, a referral "in line with normal procedure" has been made to the force's Professional Standards Branch.

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Neighbours said she had lived at the property alone for a couple of years.

One, John Marsh, described Ms Phillips as "a nice lady". He said: "She kept herself to herself.

"A neighbour told me what happened. It's very sad."

More than £2,000 has been raised through a JustGiving page to help her grief-stricken family.

Dozens of tributes have been left for Ms Phillips on the page as well as on Facebook.

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Floral tributes have also been left outside Ms Phillips' home.

One well-wisher said: "You were far too amazing for this world.

"I really hope you have finally found peace wherever you are. You have helped so many people. I wish you knew how loved you were and always will be. Sleep tight."

Another tribute read: "RIP, Ange.

"You truly touched the hearts and souls of every single person you met along your journey."

Floral tributes have been left by Ms Phillips at her home.

Officers said the rape suspect was white, 6ft and between 35 and 40-years-old, wearing jeans and trainers with a silver emblem and tattoos.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Jenkins said at the time: "We understand that this news may cause concern, but I can reassure members of the public that the investigation team are doing everything they can to identify the man responsible and ensure he faces justice."

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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