Body of Bestival 'murder victim' Louella Michie shows no sign of assault

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The body of a young woman who was found dead at Bestival showed “no clear signs of assault” police said.

Louella Fletcher-Michie, the 25-year-old daughter of Holby City and ex-Coronation Street actor John Michie, was found dead in woodland on the edge of the Dorset music festival site in the early hours of Monday.

A man, 28, who was known to Ms Michie, was arrested on suspicion of her murder. He is now also being quizzed on suspicion of supplying a class A drug, police announced on Tuesday. He remains in custody under caution.

Police said a post-mortem investigation carried out on Monday showed no clear signs of an assault. 

A toxicology report is due to take place in the coming weeks in order to determine whether Ms Michie’s body contained traces of any substances. 

Further tests and toxicology examinations will be carried out in the coming weeks.

DCI 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.

Former Coronation Street star John Michie, who currently stars in Holby City (PA)

“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 an interview with The Sun published today, actor Mr Michie described his daughter’s death as a “tragic accident”.

“We’ve lost our angel. It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident,” he told the paper.

“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.”

Tragedy: Louella Michie (Facebook)

In a statement, his agent said Mr Michie and his wife Carol asked for privacy during the “traumatic time”.

Mr Michie 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 BBC medical drama Holby City and has two other children, Daisy and Sam.

Actor and director Richard Wilson, a close family friend, was the godfather of Ms Michie. In a statement he said: “Richard Wilson, Louella’s godfather, was very, very attached to her and does not feel able to comment at this present time.”

Tragic: John Michie shared the photo on Instagram five days ago (John Michie)

Chriss and Tiffany Campbell-Welch, the directors of Tiffany Theatre College, paid tribute to former student Ms Michie.

“Louella was a very gifted student, a beautiful young lady with a sweet soul who was well loved by everyone, peers and mentors alike,” they said.

“She had a wonderful ability to light up the room with her smile and make everyone feel happy.”

On Monday the organisers of Bestival said they were “devastated” following news of the death.

“We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman’s family and friends,” they added.

Festival founder Rob da Bank tweeted a link to the statement, which was posted on the festival’s Facebook page.

The DJ and his wife Josie organise the festival, which took place for the first time on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset this year.

Last year organisers announced Bestival would be moved from the Isle of Wight, where it was previously held, to the Dorset site.

Camp Bestival, which is aimed at families with children and takes place in July, is also held at the wooded country estate.

The line-up for Bestival this year included The XX, Dizzee Rascal, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Pet Shop Boys, Wiley and Laura Mvula.

On Sunday, festival organisers were forced to close the main arena, the Castle Stage and Ambient Forest due to high winds.

Bestival was first held in 2004 with acts including Basement Jaxx and Fatboy Slim.

The 2017 event, which featured a giant Kanye West head and a bouncy castle large enough for 100 people, was expected to attract around 30,000 festival-goers.

Organisers are due to hold the first Bestival Bali in Indonesia at the end of September.


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