THESE are the first pictures of a tragic police officer who was found "murdered" in a lake in Cheshire.

Mum-of-three Leanne McKie, 39, was a serving detective constable with Greater Manchester Police.

 Leanne McKie, 39, was a serving police officer with Greater Manchester Police
 Leanne, 39, on holiday with her husband Darren McKie, 43, and their three children
 Leanne, seen here ahead of a ball in 2014, was found dead in Poynton Park lake this morning

Her body was found at Poynton Park Lake near Macclesfield, Cheshire, at 3.45am on Friday morning.

Within hours police had arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of her murder.

Friends said the devoted mum was a "perfect" parent who "doted" on her children.

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.”

Locals said she and husband Darren, 43 — a police sergeant — had moved into their detached home in Wilmslow only a few weeks ago after renovating it while living in a rented property nearby.

Leanne's Facebook page had dozens of touching family snaps including a man believed to be her 43-year-old husband Darren.

One pal described them as "such a beautiful beautiful family".

 Investigators put up a tent at the scene where Leanne's body was found
 Police cordoned off the area around Poynton Park on Friday
 Mum-of-three Leanne McKie, 39, was found dead on Friday morning
 Leanne with her children last Christmas. Friends described them as a 'beautiful' 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."

Last night a police cordon remained in place around the popular beauty spot.

 Leanne's husband Darren is a sergeant in Greater Manchester Piolice
 Leanne McKie, from Wilmslow, Cheshire, posted this family picture on Facebook the day after the Manchester Arena terror attack
 Leanne, 39, in a family picture put on social media last Christmas
 Friends said Leanne doted on her children
 Leanne's Facebook page showed her beaming with her family
 Her social media pages feature dozens of touching snaps with her family

Earlier Det Insp Waller said: “Investigations into her death are currently ongoing and we are working hard to establish the circumstances.

"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."

 Officers were scouring the scene today as they launched a murder investigation
 Mrs McKie's body was found at a lake in Cheshire this morning
 Mum-of-three Leanne was found dead in Poynton Park Lake
 Cheshire Constabulary are leading the murder investigation after serving Greater Manchester Police officer Leanne McKie was found dead

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