Body discovered in hunt for partner of pregnant teacher who was found dead

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Detectives investigating the murder of a pregnant teacher believe they have discovered the body of her missing partner.

Police Scotland had been hunting David Yates, 36, in connection with the death of Marelle Sturrock at her home in Jura Street, Glasgow, on Tuesday morning.

The 35-year-old was 29 weeks’ pregnant. Her unborn baby did not survive.

Police said that while the body was yet to be formally identified, it was believed to be that of Yates.

The force added that reports would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Marelle Sturrock death
Marelle Sturrock (Family handout/PA)

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.”

The headteacher at Sandwood Primary School in Glasgow, where Ms Sturrock worked, said the community is “devastated”.

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Police in Mugdock Country Park (Lucinda Cameron/PA)

“We will 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 (Theatre) in one of her many acting roles outside of school.

“We are a school community in mourning and are devasted by the tragic news of her death and pass on our deepest condolences to her family and friends as we all come to terms with our loss.”

Parents at the school were told of the death in a letter on Wednesday and education psychologists are on hand to support pupils.

Ms Sturrock was from Wick, Caithness, but moved to Glasgow when she was 17 to pursue a career in the performing arts.

She became a primary school teacher after completing a postgraduate diploma in education.

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