Police have launched a murder investigation and are on the hunt for the partner of a pregnant teacher who was found dead in Glasgow.
Officers are searching for David Yates after the body of Marelle Sturrock, 35, was discovered at a property in the city’s Jura Street on Tuesday morning.
On Thursday, Police Scotland confirmed that Ms Sturrock was 29 weeks pregnant.
Detective Superintendent Nicola Kilbane said: “I can confirm that sadly her unborn baby did not survive.”
DS Kilbane added: “Her partner David Yates is wanted in connection with Marelle’s death. At this time we have no information to suggest anyone else has been involved.”
Yates’s white Seat Ateca was discovered at Mugdock Country Park nine miles away on Tuesday, sparking a major police search.
Police divers have been spotted at the East Dunbartonshire park and parts of the reservoir have been taped off, with officers standing guard.
DS Kilbane said: “The last confirmed sighting of David was on Sunday evening shortly after 8pm.
“His subsequent movements are unknown after his vehicle was left at Mugdock Country Park but there is nothing to suggest he has left the area.
“We will keep an open mind on this as we continue to search the area.”
A visible police presence will remain at both Jura Street and Mugdock Country Park as the investigation continues.
There is not believed to be any risk to the wider public.
However, those with information or concerns are urged to contact Police Scotland on 101.
DS Kilbane added: “Our thoughts are with Marelle’s family and friends, along with everyone affected by this tragedy. We are providing her family with specialist support at this incredibly difficult time.”
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Parents and carers of pupils at Sandwood Primary School, where Ms Sturrock worked, were told of her death in a letter on Wednesday.
Paying tribute after, headteacher Fiona Donnelly said: “She was a lovely, kind, diligent and considerate person who loved and made time for everyone.”
Ms Sturrock was from the Scottish Highlands but moved to Glasgow when she was 17 to pursue a career in the performing arts.
She later became a primary school teacher after completing her postgraduate diploma in education.
Ms Donnelly added: “We are a school community in mourning and are devastated by the tragic news of her death and pass on our deepest condolences to her family and friends as we all come to terms with our loss.”