Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Man held in charred body probe

Zoe Nelson's charred body was discovered in a field near Branchalfield Drive in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire
Zoe Nelson's charred body was discovered in a field near Branchalfield Drive in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the death of teenager Zoe Nelson, whose burned body was found in a field.

The 17-year-old's charred body was discovered near Branchalfield Drive in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, last Sunday, sparking a major murder investigation.

Strathclyde Police said the suspect was in police custody, but gave no other details about the arrest.

Zoe, who was due to celebrate her 18th birthday in a few months, was last seen leaving her Newmains home around a mile away at 5pm last Saturday.

Residents reported seeing a fire in woods known as Monkey Hill on Saturday night at around 11.20pm.

Detectives released CCTV images of the last-known movements of the teenager earlier this week.

The pictures were taken by security cameras in a local store around 5.30pm on Saturday, the evening she disappeared.

Zoe's mother Marianne, stepfather Daniel, and sisters Laura Ann and Ashley said they were "shattered" by the Motherwell College student's death.

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