The body of a man has been found after a police search of a reservoir in the hunt for a fiancé suspected of killing his 29-week pregnant partner in Glasgow.
The body is yet to be identified, Police Scotland believed to be that of David Yates, the partner of Marelle Sturrock, 35, who was 29 weeks pregnant when she was discovered dead at the flat she shared with Mr Yates, 36, in Jura Street, Glasgow, on Tuesday morning.
Mr Yates was wanted in connection with her murder. The investigation is ongoing.
Detective Superintendent Nicola Kilbane said: ‘Our thoughts are with Marelle’s family and friends, along with everyone affected by this tragedy. ‘We are providing her family with specialist support at this incredibly difficult time.’
Yates’s white Seat Ateca was found at Mugdock Country Park, some eight miles north of the couple’s property on Tuesday, sparking a major search.
He was last seen near Mugdock Country Park, just outside the city in East Dunbartonshire.
Marelle Sturrock, 35, pictured with her fiance David Yates, 36
Marelle Sturrock (pictured on April 8) was heavily pregnant when she died in suspicious circumstances. Police Scotland confirmed a murder investigation has been launched
Police divers were spotted at the reservoir of the 600-acre site which is made up of woodland, moorland and heathland and is connected by a network of paths.
DSI Kilbane previously said: ‘The last confirmed sighting of David was on Sunday evening shortly after 8pm.
‘His subsequent movements are unknown after his vehicle was left at Mugdock Country Park but there is nothing to suggest he has left the area. We will keep an open mind on this as we continue to search the area.’
She said she was unable to say when Ms Sturrock was last seen alive but that officers attended the teacher’s home at around 8.40am on Tuesday and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A murder probe is under way after heavily pregnant primary school teacher Marelle Sturrock, 35, was found dead at her home in Glasgow. Pictured: her final photo, with friends, on Sunday
Police continue to search Mugdock Country park, Milngavie, Scotland, in the hunt for the fiancé
Ms Kilbane would not say if Mr Yates is thought to be dead or alive but that his last sighting was near Mugdock Country Park (pictured), just outside the city in East Dunbartonshire
David Yates, 36, is being hunted by police after the death of his 29-week pregnant fiancée Marelle Sturrock, 35, who was found dead at home on Tuesday
Ms Kilblane previously refused to comment on the couple’s relationship or if there had been any prior police involvement.
She said there is not believed to be ‘any risk to the wider public’ and police will remain at Jura Street and Mugdock Country Park as the investigation continues.
It comes as Sarah Sturrock, Marelle’s sister shared the family’s heartbreak, writing: ‘There are no words how utterly devastating this is for us as a family & how we are going to cope without her..
‘How this could of happened to her I will never get my head around this.’
Ms Sturrock had worked as a teacher at Sandwood Primary School for more than six years and led its choirs. She was also a keen actress outside the school.
Police Scotland officers pictured close to Muglock Reservoir on Thursday morning as the search continues
Police officers are seen meticulously combing Mugdock Country Park today, eight miles north of their property
She said there is not believed to be ‘any risk to the wider public’ and police will remain at Jura Street and Mugdock Country Park as the investigation continues. Ms Kilbane added: ‘Our thoughts are with Marelle’s family and friends, along with everyone affected by this tragedy’
Fiona Donnelly, the headteacher of Sandwood Primary School, said: ‘Marelle had been a much-loved member of our school community since her probationary year more than six years ago and has taught many year groups throughout her time at the school.
‘We all miss her so much. She was a lovely, kind, diligent and considerate person who loved and made time for everyone.
‘Marelle used her artistic talents across the school and was our music champion who has been a key player in the success of our school choirs; with one of her classes going to see her on stage at The King’s in one of her many acting roles outside of school.
‘We are a school community in mourning and devastated by the tragic news of her death.’
The exterior of the flat the pair shared in Glasgow, where Ms Sturrock was found dead on Tuesday morning
The 270-hectare site is made up of woodland, moorland and heathland and is connected by a network of paths
Police cordoned off a stretch of grass next to Mugdock reservoir before police divers started searching the reservoir
Parents at the school also paid tribute, describing Ms Sturrock as ‘a lovely person’ who treated pupils ‘as if they were her own children’.
One parent said: ‘So lovely, so very loveable and friendly. She always helped the children if they were upset or emotional – she would make them feel very loved. I am just in shock.
Another added: ‘She treated the kids like her own. She picked them up, she made them feel confident within themselves. She was just a lovely person. It is really sad and tragic. She is never going to be a mum herself and at such a young age, it is just tragic.’
Colleagues are understood to have raised the alarm when she did not arrive for work at school.
Friends went to her flat and became suspicious when she did not answer the door.
Helicopter search teams could be seen flying above the park as the hunt for the ‘missing person’ intensified yesterday.
Ms Sturrock, originally from Wick, Caithness, had posted a picture on social media just days earlier of her enjoying a dinner with friends in Glasgow.
The couple’s flat was cordoned off and under police guard yesterday, as two officers in white forensic suits scoured the property.
Police are still in attendance at both sites and officers, dog units and a helicopter were all dispatched yesterday.
In a letter sent to the families of pupils yesterday, the school said: ‘It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you about the sudden death of Ms Sturrock who is a beloved member of our teaching staff.
According to neighbours, the couple would sometimes visit Mugdock Country Park to walk their dog
Police Scotland confirmed a murder investigation was under way. Pictured: Police at Mugdock Park near Glasgow
Helicopter search teams could be seen flying above the park as the hunt for the ‘missing person’ intensified yesterday
‘I know that this will come as a shock to our school community, and we will do all that we can to support children, staff and families through what will be a difficult and challenging time.
‘I hope that you will understand that there are no other details that I can share at this time but wanted to let our families know the tragic news from the school.’
Ms Sturrock, whose due date was in July, lived with her fiancé Mr Yates. It is understood the pair got engaged in 2015.
According to neighbours, the couple would sometimes visit Mugdock Country Park to walk their dog.
Neighbour Alex Collie said his wife had spotted Ms Sturrock’s worried colleagues at the house on Tuesday morning.
He told the Daily Record: ‘My wife walked past when they were at the house.
‘They were knocking on the door and seemed worried. I think concern was raised when she didn’t show up for work.
‘A few hours later we saw the police here. We got the shock of our life when we heard what had happened to Marelle. It’s tragic. I can’t believe it.’
Mr Yates’s mother Lynda would not comment yesterday but was being looked after by family at her home in Bearsden, Dunbartonshire.
Pupils at Sandwood Primary School are being supported after the tragedy.
Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Kelly said: ‘Our thoughts are with Marelle’s family and friends, as well as everyone affected by this tragic incident.
‘We are providing her family with support at this incredibly difficult time as our investigation to establish the full circumstances continues.’
Police at the scene of a search for a missing person at Mugdock Park near Glasgow
Ms Sturrock, whose due date was in July, lived with her fiancé Mr Yates. Pictured: The living room inside the flat where the couple lived together
It is understood the pair got engaged in 2015. Pictured: The kitchen inside the flat they shared together
Friends went to her flat and became suspicious when she did not answer the door. Pictured: A garden at the rear of the property
Sandwood Primary School, where Ms Sturrock (pictured with her dog) worked, confirmed her death in a letter to families of those with children at the school
Ms Sturrock’s death is currently being treated as suspicious
Previously Detective Chief Inspector Kelly said: ’Officers have been carrying out extensive searches of Mugdock Country Park in relation to a missing person in the area.
‘This is being treated as linked to the death at Jura Street and enquiries remain ongoing.
’Our thoughts are very much with everyone affected by this tragic incident. There is not believed to be any risk to the wider public but anyone with information or concerns can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0904 of 25 April.
’A police presence will remain at both locations as enquiries continue and anyone with information is also urged to speak to any of our officers.’
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