Lindsay Birbeck went for an afternoon walk to a wooded area known as The Coppice in August 2019 before being pounced on by then 16-year-old Rocky Marciano Price
A policeman has described the moment he and his team found a woman who had been senselessly murdered, covered in plastic sheets and foliage in a wheelie bin.
Lindsay Birbeck left her home in Burnley Road, Accrington, for a late afternoon walk to a nearby wooded area known as The Coppice in August 2019.
She was pounced on by complete stranger, then 16-year-old Rocky Marciano Price, who tried to mutilate the teaching assistant after crushing her neck.
He had been on the prowl for lone females and after killing the mother-of-two he was caught on CCTV transporting her body in a wheelie bin to a secluded corner of a nearby cemetery where he buried his victim.
One woman who luckily escaped later came forward to testify against the murderous teen after she saw the footage, which others used to pass the killer’s name to police.
DSI Andy Cribbin, who led the murder investigation, has now revealed the moment he made the gruesome discovery, The Sun reports.
Speaking in the Discovery + documentary, Britain’s Deadliest Kids, the officer said: “Lindsay’s body had been naked but it had been wrapped in some plastic sheeting. In between Lindsay’s body and plastic sheeting was foliage.
“There was grass present within the sheeting that wasn’t actually within the area of the cemetery. That showed us the body had been transported from elsewhere.
“A number of people had noticed a wheelie bin in the cemetery, which was unusual. It had been seen in the area Lindsay’s body had been recovered.”
The baby-faced killer spent around an hour burying Lindsay and left a saw, gloves and the wheelie bin at the scene.
The teen then visited her grave four times over the next week, as seen on CCTV.
When the footage of him dragging the wheelie bin was released, it was Price’s parents who took him to a police station and turned him in.
Price was sentenced at Preston Crown Court last August. Amanda Justice Yip gave him a life sentence with a minimum term of 16 years, minus the 348 days he had done in custody to that point.
The judge said: “When Lindsay went for a walk, in broad daylight, nobody could’ve dreamt she would be putting herself in the path of danger.
“I am sure Rocky Price had formed a murderous intent by 4pm that day. Another woman was hurrying away from the Coppice from a different direction.
“She was lucky. Lindsay Birbeck was not. She entered the Coppice just moments later.”
In the show, Lindsay’s husband Tim expressed his disbelief at the killer’s age.
“Even myself, I went ’16 years old? My daughter is 17, he’s younger than my children,” he said.
DSI Cribbin said: “Rocky, in my mind, is a very dangerous young man.
“He stalked two women during that afternoon, and having been unsuccessful in stalking one lady, within a short period of time he attacks and murders Lindsay. I believe he’s dangerous.
“The only person who can tell us what his motive was is Rocky, and Rocky hasn’t done so.”