A LETTER has been sent to families after the shock death of a Glasgow teacher.

Marelle Sturrock, 35, was found dead on Tuesday at 8.40am inside a property in Jura Street, Glasgow, with officers treating the death as suspicious.

It had previously been reported that a search was underway at Mugdock park, nine miles away near Milngavie, which detectives confirmed are linked.

Sturrock worked at Sandwood Primary School in Glasgow, and on Wednesday parents were told of the death.

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Headteacher Fiona Donnelly said in a letter: “It is with deep sorrow that I must inform you about the sudden death of Ms Sturrock who is a beloved member of our teaching staff.

“I know that this will come as a shock to our school community, and we will do all that we can to support children, staff and families through what will be a difficult and challenging time.

“We have had support in school today from our educational psychologists who will be here over the next few days to offer help and advice.

“I hope that you will understand that there are no other details that I can share at this time but wanted to let our families know the tragic news from the school.”

Sturrock was from the Highlands, but moved to Glasgow when she was 17 to pursue a career in the performing arts.

She later became a primary school teacher after completing her post graduate diploma in education.

Detective Chief Inspector Cheryl Kelly said: “Our thoughts are with Marelle’s family and friends, as well as everyone affected by this tragic incident.

“We are providing her family with support at this incredibly difficult time as our investigation to establish the full circumstances continues.”

Kelly had previously said on Wednesday: “Officers have been carrying out extensive searches of Mugdock Country Park in relation to a missing person in the area.

“This is being treated as linked to the death at Jura Street and inquiries remain ongoing.

“Our thoughts are very much with everyone affected by this tragic incident.

“There is not believed to be any risk to the wider public but anyone with information or concerns can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0904 of 25 April.

“A police presence will remain at both locations as inquiries continue and anyone with information is also urged to speak to any of our officers.”