Man arrested in Estonia over death of Frenchwoman in London

Lawrence Kim
March 15, 2019

Ms Garcia-Bertaux, a French national who had been living in the United Kingdom for many years, did not turn up for work at public relations firm Golin on 4 March and was reported missing the following day.

The 34-year-old was discovered on March 6 buried in a shallow grave at the bottom of her garden where she lived with her rottweiler and husky dogs in Kew, South West London.

A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as "consistent with compression of the neck".

The suspect was detained after the Met police issued a European arrest warrant. He was arrested at an address in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, at 12.25pm on Wednesday.

A forensic officer talks to a policeman outside a forensics tent at a property where the body of Laureline Garcia Bertaux was found in Kew London
Police arrest suspect, 32, in Estonia over murder of French film producer

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, who leads the murder squad, said: "This may have been via phone calls, texts messages, WhatsApp or via any other social media platform".

The 34-year-old's mother Frédérique Bertaux updated her Facebook profile picture in the early hours of Saturday to display a photograph of her with her daughter. She also blogged on fashion and was a film-maker.

As well as working as a personal assistant, she was involved in film and had worked with Dame Joan Collins on the 2018 short film Gerry.

'We are all still very shocked by this senseless and tragic news and we continue to do everything we can to support her family, the police and our team as the investigation evolves. Laureline was passionate about film. "Laureline was a wonderfully creative, caring and charismatic woman, full of energy and joie de vivre", he said. "I enjoyed our collaboration and thought she had a great future".

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