The woman who died in suspicious circumstances at Bestival, a music festival in southwest England, has been identified.
Louella Michie, 25, was found in woodland by the festival campsite in East Lulworth, Dorset, early Monday morning. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
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A statement from her father, British actor John Michie, identified the victim and confirmed her “tragic death” later that day. It said her death was an accident rather than murder, and that the man under arrest is one of her friends.
Michie lived in London, and travelled to Dorset to attend the festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday last week.
Police discovered Michie’s body in woodland by the festival campsite following “reports of a concern for [her] welfare,” Dorset Police said in a statement on Monday.
Officers have arrested a 28-year-old man, also from London, on suspicion of murder “to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances,” police said.
He remains in custody in Dorset, a spokeswoman for the force confirmed to Business Insider on Tuesday.
A photo of Louella Michie preparing for Bestival, which was shared by her father last week.
Despite the police investigation, Michie’s father insisted that his daughter was not murdered, and called her death a “tragic accident.”
“We’ve lost our angel. It’s not murder – they were friends,” the “Coronation Street” and “Holby City” actor told The Sun. “It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident.”
“This was not a murder,” he reiterated.
In a statement published by the BBC on Monday night, Michie’s agent wrote: “Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie’s daughter Louella at Bestival.
“John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time.”
Some 30,000 people attended Bestival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday last week. In a Monday statement, festival organisers said they were “devastated to hear” about the death and continued to support police in their investigation.