Murder investigation launched after woman’s body found in shallow grave

The body of a missing woman has been found in a shallow grave.

A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was discovered in south-west London, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 34-year-old, from Richmond upon Thames, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday.

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Laureline Garcia-Bertaux: Murder probe after body found in shallow grave in Kew garden in search for missing woman
Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was reported missing after failing to turn up for work.
Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was reported missing after failing to turn up for work.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a 34-year-old womanwas found in a shallow grave in a garden in Kew, south west London
A forensic team is at the house where the body was found. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PAThe Metropolitan police have opened a murder investigation after a woman’s body was found in a shallow grave in Kew, south-west London.Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, was last seen on Saturday evening at a supermarket in the Manor Circus area of Richmond, south-west London. She was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday.Laureline Garcia-Bertaux. Photograph: PAHer body was found in the garden of a property believed to be her home in Darell Road, Kew, on Wednesday evening.There have been no arrests. It is understood police believe the killing was domestic. Garcia-Bertaux is the 22nd homicide victim in London this year. At this point last year the number killed was 29.Police said a forensic crime scene was in place at the house, near the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.Garcia-Bertaux, a French national, studied performance design practice at Central St Martins in London and is believed to have worked as an executive assistant. She had also worked in the clothing, TV and film industries.The Met said: “Although formal identification has not taken place, Laureline’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers.”
Laureline Garcia-Bertaux: Murder probe after body found in shallow grave in Kew garden in search for missing woman
Laureline Garcia-Bertaux: Murder probe after body found in shallow grave in Kew garden in search for missing woman
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Her body was found in a garden in Darell Road in Kew on Wednesday evening.

No-one has been arrested and a post-mortem examination is to be carried out.

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