After a primary school teacher who was extremely pregnant was discovered dead at home, police are looking for her partner.
On Tuesday, just after 8:40 a.m., Marelle Sturrock‘s body was found in the Glasgow apartment she lived with her fiancé David Yates, 36.
After the 35-year-old failed to arrive for work or answer the door, coworkers are thought to have raised the alarm.
Police Scotland is investigating her death as suspicious, and they say her partner has been reported missing.
A huge search operation was launched at Mugdock Country Park, just outside the city in East Dunbartonshire, and is being linked to the death.
Dog units have been seen combing woodland at the park since Tuesday morning, while a police helicopter was circling overhead.
Marelle was seen enjoying a meal and smiling with friends in a picture posted on Facebook just hours before her death.
Tributes have been pouring in for the talented aspiring actress and singer who became a teacher after completing her postgraduate diploma in education.
Fiona Donnelly, headteacher at Sandwood Primary School where Marelle worked, said in a letter to parents: ‘It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you about the sudden death of Ms Sturrock who is a beloved member of our teaching staff.
‘I know that this will come as a shock to our school community, and we will do all that we can to support children, staff and families through what will be a difficult and challenging time.
‘We have had support in school today from our educational psychologists who will be here over the next few days to offer help and advice.
‘I hope that you will understand that there are no other details that I can share at this time but wanted to let our families know the tragic news from the school.’
Friend Alec Nicholson described Marelle as a ‘kind’ and ‘talented’ person in a touching tribute to ‘an exceptionally beautiful human’.
He told the Mirror: ‘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. She really was the very last person anyone could ever want to come to harm.
‘Just a lovely, lovely girl.’
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.’
She added there is not believed to be any risk to the wider public but anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.