Marelle Sturrock murder: Body found in Mugdock Reservoir formally identified as killer fiancé David Yates | The Sun

THE body found in Mugdock Reservoir has been formally identified asDavid Yates.

Yates, 36, was being hunted by cops over the murder of his pregnant partner Marelle Sturrock, 35, at their home in Glasgow.

He is believed to have killed the "beloved" teacher who died with her unborn baby.

His body was found in a reservoir last night after cops spent more than 60 hours searching Mugdock Country Park in Milngavie, nine miles away from the couple's flat.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "The body of a man recovered yesterday following searches of Mugdock Reservoir has now been formally identified as 36-year-old David Yates.

"His death is not being treated as suspicious.

"Yates was wanted in connection with the murder of his partner Marelle Sturrock. The 35-year-old was found dead at her home on Jura Street, Glasgow on Tuesday, 25 April, 2023.

"An investigation remains ongoing, however, there is nothing to suggest anyone else was involved in her death.

"Reports will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

"Officers continue to provide specialist support to both families at this incredibly difficult time."

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The massive search at Mugdock was sparked after David's white Seat Azteca was found abandoned there.

Police dive teams were called in as part of their hunt for David.

Marelle, who was 29 weeks pregnant, was a teacher at the city's Sandwood Primary School and was found dead on Tuesday after worried colleagues raised the alarm when she didn't show up for work.

Heartbreaking tributes have been paid to the "wonderful and kind" teacher by parents of the children she taught.

Her colleagues have been left struggling to cope with the devastating news of her murder.

Headteacher Fiona Donnelly released a tribute following the news, saying Marelle was a "lovely, kind and considerate person".

She told how Marelle, who studied musical theatre, used her artistic talents across the school and was a key player in the success of school choirs.

Ms Donnelly said: “We will all miss her so much.

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“She was a lovely, kind, diligent and considerate person who loved and made time for everyone."

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