Suspect Released After Woman's Death At Bestival In Dorset

13 September 2017, 06:25

Louella Michie Bestival death

A man, arrested after the death of a woman at Bestival in Dorset, has been released by police as they continue their investigation.

The body of 25-year-old Louella Michie was discovered in a corner of the Lulworth Estate site, early on Monday 11 September. 

Officers at the event were alerted just before 1am on Monday to reports of a concern for welfare of a woman who had attended the festival. Following a search of the area, the body of the woman was located in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site. 

She has been named by her family as 25-year-old Louella Eve Fletcher-Michie from London. (Photo above from Louella Michie on Instagram.)

An initial post mortem examination showed no clear signs of an assault. However, further examinations will need to take place over the coming weeks, including toxicology, in order to establish if there are any substances in her system or other suspicious circumstances.

A 28-year-old man, who was known to Louella, was arrested on suspicion of murder and supply of a controlled class A drug. He has now been released under investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police, said: 

"Detectives are working tirelessly to investigate the full circumstances surrounding this tragic death.

"A post mortem examination took place that was inconclusive and therefore we need to undertake a number of other examinations before we can establish why she died.

"The 28-year-old man arrested is in addition being interviewed on suspicion of supply of a controlled drug. He remains in custody today under caution in order to assist officers with the investigation. He was known to Louella.

"We continue to work with the festival organisers and our thoughts are with Louella's family at this extremely difficult time. We would ask that their privacy is respected."

In a statement, Bestival said: 

"Following the 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."

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John Michie told The Sun: 

"We've lost our angel.

"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, Michie's agent said: "Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie's daughter Louella at Bestival.

"John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time."

Michie, 60, played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013, having starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart from 1998 to 2010.

He currently plays neurosurgeon Guy Self in medical drama Holby City.

He has two other children, Daisy and Sam.