THE devastated mother of murdered St Helens woman Sharon Lynch (pictured) has spoken of her love for her daughter and determination to help catch her killer.

Sheila Johnston, from Parr, spoke to selected members of the press including the St Helens Star, about her daughter's life, cut so tragically short after her naked body was discovered in a derelict warehouse on Roscoe Street, in Liverpool City Centre last Thursday.

The 22 year old, who was a drug addict and convicted prostitute, had been battered to death and is thought to have lain undiscovered for over a month.

Sheila spoke of her love for the girl who adored horses and planned a career looking after them: "She was absolutely mad about horses when she was younger and regularly helped out at a local riding school. She also looked after disabled children and took them out on riding lessons.

"She was just a lovable happy child who was very popular and outgoing."

The event which Sheila believes led to Sharon's downfall was the birth of a daughter 18 months ago.

Sheila continued: "The Social Services took away her baby six weeks after she gave birth and told us that she was at risk. But that child had everything she ever wanted and Sharon adored her. After they took the baby away, Sharon was not even allowed to see her anymore and her whole attitude and life completely changed."

Sharon left home and moved to Liverpool which Sheila believes, was Sharon's way of protecting her from her new lifestyle, although she kept in touch with her mum by phone.

"She was very emotional when I last spoke to her about five weeks ago and she talked for hours - she was really worried about her baby - while I just listened to her.

"I just hope someone can help us catch the person who did this. Someone must know something."

She added: "If there are any other young girls in a similar position to Sharon, please learn from this and talk to someone about your problems. Don't let it come to this."

IF you can help with information, contact Det Supt Bill Morris on 0151 7778685.

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