17-year-old dies after being found ‘screaming for help’ in garden

British police have launched a murder inquiry into the death of a 17-year-old boy in Greater Manchester, England.

The victim, identified as Callum Riley, died on Saturday morning shortly after being found with serious injuries in Heywood, Rochdale, according to a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) press release.

The cause of death is not yet known. An autopsy is to take place, the Manchester Evening News reported.

An 18-year-old man and 21-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the boy’s death.

GMP said the woman was taken into police custody for questioning on Saturday afternoon while the man was in hospital being treated for a wound on Saturday morning, according to the Manchester Evening News. It is unclear how the man sustained the injury.

A second man, 33, was arrested later in the day in connection with the case, according to the press release. Police have not yet identified the suspects.

A local resident, who asked not to be named, told the Manchester Evening News at the scene that he found Riley injured in the garden of a house on Saturday morning. The unidentified man said he performed CPR on the teenager.

“I heard a lot of screaming at 4:30 a.m.,” the outlet’s man said. “We heard a cry for help and looked out the bedroom window, but we couldn’t see anything.”

The man said he heard another cry for help half an hour later. He said all he could hear was someone shouting “help, help.”

“Only when it was light did someone knock and say that there was a man in a garden. I went into the garden and called the police and they asked me to do CPR on him. It’s sad thing young lad,” the unnamed man told the outlet.

Police said before Riley was found, another man reached out to people at a nearby property for help.

“On behalf of GMP, I offer my condolences to Callum’s family. A specially trained officer has been deployed to liaise with them and ensure they are up to date with our investigations,” Detective Chief Inspector Gina Brennand of the GMP Serious Incidents Team was quoted as saying in the press release.

Brennand said they “have made progress in establishing the full circumstances of this incident,” but that the investigation is ongoing.

“We are continually assessing the impact of this incident on the local communities, but I reiterate we do not believe there is any risk to the public. Rochdale County officials will be making a visible presence of reassurance in the coming days,” added Brennand.

Investigators are asking for information about the case.

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