Dorset Police Investigate Death of a 25-Year-Old Woman at Bestival 2017
Detectives are investigating the death of a 25-year-old woman at this year's Bestival Festival at the Lulworth Estate in Dorset, UK, as a possible murder.
According to the Dorset Police, Officers were alerted the woman was missing just before 1 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, shortly after the festival ended. Her body was found in a wooded area on the edge of the festival grounds shortly thereafter.
The victim has been identified as Louella Michie, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie. A 28-year-old man from London (who has been linked to Michie) was arrested, but cooperated with police and has sense been released. Mr. Michie is quoted by The Sun paying tribute to his daughter, saying “We've lost our angel. It's not murder -- they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident.”
According to Dorset Police, there was no clear sign of assault. Further examination is underway, including toxicology reports.
"Detectives are working tirelessly to investigate the full circumstances surrounding this tragic death,” Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police, is quoted in an official statement. "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."
Billboard Dance will continue to update this story as it develops. Read Bestival's official statement below.