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Tribute paid to woman found in car

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car in Somerset have made an arrest.

Catherine Wells-Burr, who was 23, was found at Ashill near Ilminster on Wednesday. A 32 year old woman was arrested last night on suspicion of murder. Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland has spoken to a mother and son who visited the crime scene to pay tribute.

Family statement about Ashill death

The family of Catherine Wells-Burr have released a statement following her death:

"We have lost our beautiful Catherine; she was full of character, she was caring, loving, and had a bubbly personality. She had a wonderful sense of humour, and was an amazing, special person.

Catherine had achieved so much in her short life and had worked so hard to gain her Bachelor of Honours in Business Management, gaining a 1st class degree from Bath Spa University.

She was so happy starting her life with Rafal and excited about their future together.

We would like to express thanks for all the messages of sympathy and support, we have found some comfort in all the kind and thoughtful words that have been said about Catherine and in knowing how well she was loved.

We have found this hard to understand why someone would have done this to her. There are no words to express how we feel about what has happened to her early on Wednesday morning. We desperately need to know why?

We would like to thank Cath and Mark Yeovil (CID), Hilary and Chris (Family Liaison Officers) for their care, support and understanding. She will be sadly missed If anyone has any information, no matter how small, please contact the police. Jayne, Phil, Leanne, Rafal and all her family."

Her employers Numatic International added:

"Catherine was a valued employee who worked with us in manufacturing during her university holidays and after graduation as a full time employee. She moved to our IS department last year to further her career as Business Analyst.

We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with Catherine's family and all those affected."


Tributes laid near Ashill crime scene

Tributes to 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr, whose body was found in a burning car in Ashill near Ilminster on Wednesday morning, have been laid near the crime scene.

Tributes near the crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

Her body was found inside a burning red Ford Focus car in a field off the A358 near Ilminster. Police have now launched a murder enquiry and are seriously investigating whether Catherine may have known her killer.

Tributes near the crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Facebook group has also been set up in memory of Catherine which has attracted 320 members in the space of 12 hours.

Tributes near the crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

BREAKING: woman arrested in connection with murder of Catherine Wells-Burr

Catherine Wells-Burr Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 32 year old woman was arrested last night on suspicion of murder and currently remains in police custody. Two men arrested have been eliminated from the enquiry.

A post mortem will begin later today to try and identify how Catherine died.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp from Avon and Somerset Police said:

"We still need information from members of the public and those people who knew Catherine or knew of her. It is imperative we get a full picture of her life and you may have information that could help."


Police examine burnt-out car

Police are continuing to examine the crime scene where the body of a 23-year-old woman was found in a burning car yesterday.

Police forensic team examine the car under a blue tarpaulin tent. Credit: ITV Westcountry

They are examining the car under a blue tarpaulin tent after they were alerted to its location early yesterday morning. They believe the body is that of 23-year-old Catherine Wells-Burr.

The crime scene Credit: ITV Westcountry

BREAKING: Woman found in burning car named

Detectives from Avon and Somerset Police believe the body of a woman found in a burning car in Ashill is that of 23 year old Catherine Wells-Burr.

Investgations have begun and a murder enquiry was launched last night after the red Ford Focus car was found burning early yesterday morning.

This is a tragic and brutal incident in which a young woman has needlessly lost her life."We are working to establish what happened in the early hours of yesterday morning that led to this car being set ablaze.

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp, Avon and Somerset Police

I would like to appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to get in touch with us no matter how small you think that piece of information may be. "In particular I'd like to speak to any motorists who were in the area around the time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anyone crossing the A358. It is also very important that we speak to all of Catherine's friends and associates who she may have socialised with, as well as anyone else who may have any knowledge about her social and private life.

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp, Avon and Somerset Police