POLICE hunting for a murder suspect dubbed the "Facebook fugitive" have found the body of a man hanging in a derelict building in Manchester.
Sources at Greater Manchester Police said the dead man may be 40-year-old George Appleton who is wanted in connection with the death of mother-of-one Clare Wood in Salford.
A police spokesman said: "A police search team has found a man’s body hanging in a derelict building. Just before 1pm today officers looking for the whereabouts of George Appleton found the body off Boond Street in Blackfriars. There has been no formal identification of the body."
Detectives launched a nationwide manhunt for Appleton following the discovery of his ex-girlfriend’s badly burnt body at her home last Friday.
He was described as a serious threat to women and was known to prowl online dating and social networking sites, including Facebook, looking for personal contact.
A list of the dating websites and computer usernames of Appleton was released to stress to women that they should under no circumstances arrange to meet him.
On his Facebook page, Appleton lists his activities as "wouldent ya like to know" and his interests as "music, computers, djing, films".
His red Ford Escort estate car was found parked close to Manchester city centre on Tuesday and was recovered for forensic examination.
Police alerts were issued for all major ports and transport networks in the hunt for Appleton, who is unemployed.