Woman arrested after body found in burning car in Somerset

Catherine Wells-Burr Catherine Wells-Burr worked as a business analyst

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A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a university graduate was found dead inside a burning car in Somerset.

Catherine Wells-Burr, 23, was discovered in her red Ford Focus in a field in Ashill, near Ilminster, on Wednesday morning by fire crews.

Police said they did not know if Miss Wells-Burr was alive when the car was set on fire.

Miss Wells-Burr's family said she would be "sadly missed".

The 32-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday night, Avon and Somerset Police said.

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'Amazing person'

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on Miss Wells-Burr's body later.

Two men, who were also arrested during the inquiry, have been released without charge.

Det Ch Insp Simon Crisp said officers wanted to speak to anybody who knew about Miss Wells-Burr's life.

"We still need information from members of the public and those people who knew Catherine or knew of her," he said.

"It is imperative we get a full picture of her life and you may have information that could help."

Miss Wells-Burr, a graduate of Bath Spa University, worked as a business analyst in Numatic International in Chard.

More than 3,500 people have joined a tribute site for her on Facebook.

In a statement, issued through Avon and Somerset Police, Miss Wells-Burr's family paid tribute to her.

"We have lost our beautiful Catherine; she was full of character, she was caring, loving, and had a bubbly personality," they said.

"She had a wonderful sense of humour, and was an amazing, special person.

"We have found this hard to understand why someone would have done this to her.

'Shocked and saddened'

"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?"

Maurice Hicks, head teacher at Holyrood Academy, which Miss Wells-Burr attended, said she had a "great sense of humour".

"Catherine always had a smile and a positive outlook," she said.

"She was very popular with the other students and had lots of friends."

Miss Wells-Burr's employers, Numatic, said: "Catherine was a valued employee who worked with us in manufacturing during her university holidays and after graduation as a full time employee.

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

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