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Murder inquiry launched over 'tragic' car death woman

Catherine Wells-Burr Photo: South West News Service

A murder inquiry is continuing after the body of a young woman was found inside a burning car in what has been described as a 'tragic and brutal' incident by police. The body of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr was discovered by firefighters early yesterday morning in a field in Ashill off the A358 near Ilminster, Somerset.

Fire crews were called to reports of a car on fire shortly before 6.30am.

A full investigation is underway and we are working tirelessly to identify the offender or offenders who committed this crime. There are many lines of enquiry that we are examining; one of those is that this may not have been a random attack and that Catherine knew her killers or killer. We now need to build up a picture of Catherine's life and I would appeal to anyone who knew her or of her to come forward and contact us. I can assure you we will find those responsible and bring them to justice.


The 23-year-old worked for Chard-based company Numatic International and was a graduate of Bath Spa University.

Catherine Wells-Burr Credit: South West News

Speaking at a press conference at Taunton police station, Detective Chief Inspector of Avon and Somerset Police, Simon Crisp, appealed for members of the public to come forward with information.

Catherine Wells-Burr has been fondly remembered in tributes. The headteacher of her former school described her as friendly, gregarious and with a great sense of humour.

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