Marelle Sturrock: Murder investigation into death of pregnant teacher as body found in hunt for fiancé

A man’s body has been found after police launched a murder investigation following the death of pregnant teacher Marelle Sturrock

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Marelle Sturrock, who was heavily pregnant, was found dead at a property in Jura Street, Glasgow, on Tuesday morning, April 25. Ms Sturrock, 35, was a teacher at a local primary school.

Police Scotland have now confirmed a murder investigation has been launched into Ms. Sturrock’s death. Officers launched a manhunt for her fiancé , David Yates, with police confirming on Thursday evening that a man’s body had been found.

Police Scotland also confirmed Marelle’s unborn baby, who was 29 weeks old, did not survive. Detective Superintendent Nicola Kilbane said in a statement on Thursday afternoon: "I can confirm that sadly her unborn baby did not survive. Her partner David Yates is wanted in connection with Marelle’s death. At this time we have no information to suggest anyone else has been involved

A white Seat Ateca belonging to David Yates was discovered at Mugdock Country Park, nine miles away from where Marelle was found, on Tuesday, sparking a major police search. DS Kilbane said the last confirmed sighting of him was on Sunday evening after 8pm.

She added: “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.”

Marelle Sturrock and David YatesMarelle Sturrock and David Yates
Marelle Sturrock and David Yates

In an updated statement on Thursday evening police confirmed the body of a man was found in a reservoir. He is yet to be formally identified but it is believed to be David Yates, Ms Sturrock’s partner.

The BBC reported Police Scotland said an investigation remains ongoing, but nothing has been established so far to suggest anyone else was involved in her death.