Murder case over missing oil executive

Detectives are now treating the disappearance of missing oil executive Carole Waugh as a murder inquiry and have arrested a suspect.

A 47-year-old man held at Luton Airport on Tuesday on suspicion of kidnap and conspiracy to defraud was further arrested last night on suspicion of murder.

Miss Waugh, 50, originally from Durham, has not been seen by her family since mid-April and concerns grew for her after a fraudster tried to sell her central London flat by posing as her brother.

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Miss Waugh, of central London, was reported missing by her family on May 7 and the last believed sighting of her had been thought to be in central London three days earlier.

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane said: “We now believe that Carole has not been seen alive since April 16. Since that time, significant plundering of her estate has taken place to the value of hundreds of thousands of pounds. In addition to a number of fraudulent transactions associated with Carole’s bank account, there are also a number of her personal possessions that cannot be located.”

Officers are seeking information on items of Cartier jewellery missing from her personal possessions, among them a ring, a white gold bracelet, a yellow gold bracelet and a yellow gold necklace.

To date, a total of 10 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Detectives said Ms Waugh, who previously lived in Libya, had met men through a variety of internet sites.