Body of woman ‘who didn’t show for work’ found in shallow grave

 

Murder detectives believe the body found in the garden of a home near Kew Gardens is that of missing Laureline Garcia-Bertaux

Police have found a body in a shallow grave in a garden while looking for a missing French woman who failed to show up for work in London earlier this week.

A murder investigation has been launched after the body – believed to be that of film producer and fashion/lifestyle blogger Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34 – was discovered in Darell Road near Kew Gardens, in southwest London, late Wednesday evening.

Police had earlier issued a missing persons appeal, saying Ms Garcia-Bertaux, from France, was last seen Saturday evening at a supermarket in the Manor Circus area of Richmond.

She was reported missing after she failed to show up for work on Monday.

Officers said her disappearance was out of character and she was known to visit the Twickenham area as well as Camden, Bournemouth and Hampton.

Formal identification of the body has not yet taken place, but the woman’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers, the force said.

No-one has been arrested.

In online profiles, Ms Garcia-Bertaux described herself as a line producer for short films, a PR and marketing worker and a lifestyle blogger/stylist.

Her profile on the film industry website IMDb said she was born on November 25, 1984, in Aix-en-Provence in southern France and had lived in Corsica, a Mediterranean island.

The profile said she moved to London in 2009 to pursue a career in the “creative industry”, aspiring to be a film director and screenwriter

It said her film credits include the movies Tower Block, staring Sheridan Smith and Jack O’Connell, and Gerry, starring Joan Collins.

Ms Garcia-Bertaux, who had a Rottweiler named Jazz, had been a dancer for almost 20 years and an actress at school for five years, according to the profile.

The former film PA performed in a cover band called The Tams and wrote her own music.

She was active on social media up until last month, with her final Facebook post a photo of her dog with the caption: “Every morning I’m struggling to get out of bed for this one! It’s so hard to resist to cuddle him.

She also hinted at a tough year in 2018, writing in a post in December: “I can clearly say that despite how bad this year has been! I’ve never felt closer to my friends and family!”

In another post, she looked ahead to the future, describing her goals for 2019.

She wrote: “I rarely post pics of myself in full length! For 2019, my objective is to accept myself… and also I won’t let trends dictate my fashion sense! The flare has always been my fav.”

In April 2018, she wrote about moving into a new house.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “A murder investigation has been launched in Richmond after the body of a woman was found.

“Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday, 4 March.

During the late evening of Wednesday, 6 March, officers located a body in a shallow grave in a garden in Darell Road, Kew.

“Although formal identification has not taken place, Laureline’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers.

“A forensic crime scene is in place.

“A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

“There have been no arrests.

“A murder investigation has been launched by Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

“Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 4439/05MAR

“To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.”

The body was found just hours after a man was fatally stabbed at a home in Leyton, east London, amid a surge in violence in Britain