A teen who murdered mum Lindsay Birbeck can be named for the first time after reporting restrictions were lifted at Preston Crown Court.

Rocky Marciano Price, 17, was named today after being found guilty of the murder of an Accrington teaching assistant whom he buried in a shallow grave at the back of a cemetery.

The body of the mum-of-two was discovered wrapped in two plastic bags in Accrington Cemetery in Lancashire on August 24 last year – 12 days after she went missing.

The 47-year-old left her home for a late afternoon walk to a nearby wooded area known as the Coppice when she went missing.

She had invited her teenage daughter, Sarah, and Sarah's boyfriend for tea at 6pm but when she did not return her worried family raised the alarm.

Her attacker had been on the prowl in the woods for lone females and is thought to have killed Mrs Birbeck shortly after she entered the Coppice.

Lindsay Birbeck's killer has been convicted one year since her tragic death

On Wednesday, a jury at Preston Crown Court convicted the youngster of murder after deliberating for more than four hours.

The verdict was returned exactly a year after Mrs Birbeck was murdered.

Sentencing is expected to take place on Friday.

Her killer – who was 16 at the time – attended a police station several days after the keep-fit enthusiast was found when police released a CCTV clip of a young male pulling a blue wheelie bin behind him on Burnley Road.

He went on to admit dragging the bin from the Coppice on August 17 – with Mrs Birbeck inside – across Burnley Road to the cemetery where he buried her.

More than 200 mourners gathered at St Margaret's Church in Hapton last September in memory of the mum-of-two

But he claimed he was not involved in her death and that a mystery man had approached him in the area with the promise of a large cash reward if he disposed of the body.

He stated: "I have not met this man before. I have not met him since, nor have I had any contact with him. He has not paid me any money. He told me that he would leave the money for me near where the body had been at first once everything was clear."

The Crown said the defendant's account was "implausible fiction".

Shortly before Mrs Birbeck entered the Coppice, another woman said she feared for her safety when a lone male wearing a grey tracksuit and his hood up followed her on her walk.

Rocky Marciano Price, 17, was named today after being found guilty of murder

He was getting closer when she startled him by glancing back and thought he had pulled up after running.

Mrs Birbeck was identified through dental records and a post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was neck injuries.

Her naked body was heavily decomposed and no evidence of a sexual assault could be found.

Severe compressive force appeared to have been used, according to a Home Office pathologist, which could have been done in several ways including through stamping or kicking – or kneeling on the front of the neck.

An attempt had also been made to cut off a leg, possibly with a saw.

Mrs Birbeck had split up from her husband and moved to her home in Burnley Road in March last year after she started a new relationship.

CCTV of Lindsay before she disappeared

Outside court on Wednesday Mrs Birbeck's daughter said: "As a family we are completely devastated that my mum has been taken from us so suddenly in such an appalling way.

"However, we do feel some sense of relief that the defendant has been found guilty of murdering my mum and that justice has now been served.

"My mum went for a walk on a sunny afternoon in August and never came home, it's unthinkable that something as brutal as this could happen in our close community to someone that was loved so very dearly.

"Our lives have been utterly destroyed by the evil, cowardly behaviour of the defendant and the horrific manner in which she was murdered – it has left a huge void in our lives that will never be filled."