Millionairess oil executive found dead in car boot

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DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of a millionairess oil executive have confirmed a body of a woman found in a lock-up is Carole Waugh.

The 50-year-old, of Haswell, County Durham, suffered a single stab wound and had been dead for some time, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Officers discovered Miss Waugh’s body after searching a garage in New Malden, Greater London, on Thursday.

Last night the Metropolitan Police confirmed she was found inside a blue VW Golf.

Before finding her, detectives from the Met had said the disappearance of Miss Waugh was being treated as a murder inquiry.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He was previously arrested on Tuesday, July 31, at Luton Airport, where he was an incoming passenger, on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, and on suspicion of kidnap.

He remains in custody at a south London police station.

Miss Waugh, who lived in the Marlyebone area of the capital and had previously worked in Libya, was reported missing by her family on May 7.

Although she left the North East in her mid-20s, she would regularly return to Haswell to visit her relatives.

The last believed sighting of her was initially thought to be in central London on May 4, but that has not been confirmed and police have said they do not believe she has been alive since April 16.

Her brother Chris, 53, a senior business manager for Barclays who has previously worked for the company’s Durham branch, has travelled from his home in Penrith to help officers working on the case.

He last saw his sister on April 9 as he waved her off at Durham railway station as she returned to London following a visit home.

Following her disappearance, there have been a number of fraudulent transactions associated with her bank account running in to hundreds of thousands of pounds and three different women have tried to pose as her since she vanished.

A number of her personal possessions, including distinctive Cartier jewellery, cannot be located.

To date, 10 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, which has also looked in to the possibility she might have been an escort, as she met a men through dating websites.