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Murder investigation launched after woman found dead at Bestival

By | Published on Tuesday 12 September 2017


A 25 year old woman, Louella Michie, was found dead on the site of this year’s Bestival festival, it was confirmed by police yesterday. A 28 year old man is being held on suspicion of her murder. However, her family have said that they believe the model and dancer’s death was a “tragic accident”.

Michie was the daughter of ‘Holby City’ actor John Michie and former Hot Gossip dancer Carol Fletcher. Her body was reportedly found in the Ambient Forest area of the festival site in the early hours of Monday morning. Police said that a man had been arrested on suspicion of murder “to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances”. John Michie’s agent later confirmed in a statement that it was the actor’s daughter who had died.

Meanwhile, a police spokesperson said: “Following the discovery of the woman’s body we have now launched an investigation into her death. We have specially trained officers supporting her family at this very difficult time. Inquiries are now under way to establish how she died. A postmortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death”.

Speaking to The Sun yesterday evening, John Michie said that he believed Louella’s death was “a tragic accident” and not murder.

“We’ve lost our angel”, he said. “It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident. This was not a murder. She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible”.

In a statement, Bestival organisers said: “Following today’s news announcement, the team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news. We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman’s family and friends”.