Ceon Broughton, 28, who was initially arrested on suspicion of murder after Louella Michie was found dead on her 25th birthday at Bestival, has been released by police pending further investigation.
However, Broughton, who was the longterm boyfriend of the deceased, was re-arrested over potentially supplying a class A drug which may have killed Miss Michie – the daughter of television soap actor John Michie.
In the hours before her death it was claimed that Louella was seen looking ‘very unwell’ in the Ambient Forest area of Bestival, a friend told The Sun: “People were so out of it they were on the floor and couldn’t walk — it was a nasty atmosphere. I last saw Louella in that area.”
Adding: “Her eyes were usually so beautiful but, when I saw her on Sunday, she didn’t look very well at all and was unsteady. Her eyes weren’t good then. She looked odd and didn’t look very happy.”
After announcing a search for the Miss Michie, police confirmed that her body was later found in the wooded area at the edge of the festival’s site. However, despite police arresting a man thought to be her boyfriend on suspicion of murder, 60-year-old Michie has moved to dispel the claims.
“We’ve lost our angel,” he told The Sun. “It’s not murder – they were friends. It was just a tragic mistake, a tragic accident. This was not a murder. They were boyfriend and girlfriend.
“She touched so many lives. She was so very positive, so bright, so out there. She had such energy. The tributes to her have been incredible.”
In a statement, Mr Michie’s agent said: “Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie’s daughter, Louella, at Bestival. John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time.”
“Very sadly, following a search of the area the body of the woman was located in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site,” a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.
“An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances surrounding her death and a cordon is in place on site while forensic examinations are being carried out.”
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire added: “Enquiries are now underway to establish how she died. A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death. We are working closely with the festival organisers and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Dorset Police.”
Following the devastating revelation, Bestival shared the following statement: “Following today’s news announcement, the team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news.
“We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman’s family and friends.”