Body Believed to be Murdered Bride-to-be Found in Australia

Stephanie Scott

SYDNEY (DPA) – A body found in Australia is believed to be that of a teacher who was murdered days before her wedding, police said Saturday.

Stephanie Scott, 26, went missing in Leeton, about 550 kilometres from Sydney in western New South Wales on Sunday.

Three days later Vincent Stanford, 24, a janitor at the school were she taught, was arrested and charged with her murder. 

Media reports said police found traces of Scott's blood in Stanford's car and images of a body on his mobile phone.  

Investigators found a woman's body in bushes some 70 kilometres from Leeton near Griffith. It had been burned, according to police. 

"We certainly believe the remains are those of Stephanie," Griffith police Superintendent Michael Rowan said Saturday. 

The murder shocked the farming community of about 11,000 people. 

Scott's fiance Aaron Leeson-Woolley and their families invited the public to a picnic in Leeton to celebrate her life on what would have been their wedding day Saturday. 

 

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