Poignant picture shows pregnant teacher hours before she’s found dead

A new picture shows pregnant teacher Marelle Sturrock smiling with her friends before she was found dead in “suspicious” circumstances. Police are hunting for a missing man in their investigation into the death of Marelle Sturrock, 35, whose body was discovered after police were called to a property on Jura Street, Glasgow, amid concern for a person at 8.40am on Tuesday.

The teacher, who was originally from Wick in Caithness, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have confirmed they are treating the death as suspicious.

After she failed to show up to work on Tuesday, Ms Sturrock’s colleagues at Glasgow’s Sandwood Primary School raised the alarm.

According to The Sun, the teacher lived with fiance David Yates, with the pair getting engaged in 2015.

The night before her death, she shared a photo on social media where she could be seen smiling with her friends at a restaurant.

A friend of Marelle, Alec Nicholson, described her as a “lovely, lovely girl” and “so kind.”

He told The Mirror: “She was just an exceptionally beautiful human. I mean, of course anyone would say that about someone whose loss they’re mourning, but she really was incredibly special. So beautiful, so talented, but so kind.”

He added: “It’s very shocking and we’re all struggling to comprehend how it’s possible.

“She really was the very last person anyone could ever want to come to harm. Just a lovely, lovely girl.”

Investigators are saying her death is linked to an ongoing search for a missing person at Mugdock Country Park, located nine miles from where she was found.

Officers were seen combing woodland inside the 600-acre park near Milngavie, Dunbartonshire – around a 20-minute drive from where Ms Sturrock was found in the Craigton area of the city.

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.”

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“A visible police presence will remain at both locations as our work continues,” DCI Kelly added.

“There is not believed to be any risk to the wider public but I would urge anyone with information or concerns to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0904 of 25 April or speak to any of our officers.”

Neighbour Alex Collie told the Daily Record his wife saw the expectant mum’s worried colleagues at her house on Tuesday.

He said: “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.”

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