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Murdered film producer, 34, found in shallow grave was looking for love on Tinder

Revealed: Murdered film producer, 34, was seen by neighbour in ‘heated row’ with a man in his fifties in back garden of her Kew home just hours before her body was found there in a shallow grave

  • Murder probe is launched after the body of a woman is found in a shallow grave in wealthy London suburb
  • Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from Richmond, was reported missing on Monday after not turning up to work  
  • She has also worked as a film producer on projects with Joan Collins, Sheridan Smith and Jack O’Connell 
  • Did you know Laureline Garcia-Bertaux? Pay your own tribute by emailing alex.robertson@mailonline.co.uk

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A murdered film producer was seen having an ‘animated conversation’ with a middle aged man in the garden where her body was found in a shallow grave hours later, a neighbour today claimed.

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, was stood in the garden of her £400,000 home with her arms crossed as she spoke with an unidentified man on Sunday morning, the last time she was seen alive.

Her body was later found buried at the bottom of the garden at her rented home in the wealthy suburb of Kew, south west London, on Monday morning after she failed to turn up for work.

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found buried in the garden of her house on a tree-lined street in the wealthy suburb of Kew in south-west London, having last been seen alive on Saturday night. 

Speaking today, a neighbour said: ‘I didn’t take much notice at the time. But she had her arms folded across her chest. Police said I might have been the last person to see her alive. She was having an animated conversation.’ 

It later emerged that Laureline, who lived on a tree-lined street in the wealthy suburb of Kew in south-west London, was due to meet a ‘charismatic vet’ on a date on Sunday evening.

Her sister Samantha Collot issued a heart-felt plea for people to come forward with any information about Laureline’s murder, as Metropolitan Police confirmed that it had made no arrests in connection with the case.  

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux

Pictured on holiday

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux (pictured) was found buried in the garden of her house on a tree-lined street in the wealthy suburb of Kew in south-west London, having last been seen alive on Saturday night

Film producer Laureline Garcia-Bertaux (pictured), 34, was found buried in the garden of her house on a tree-lined street in the wealthy suburb of Kew in south-west London

Film producer Laureline Garcia-Bertaux (pictured), 34, was found buried in the garden of her house on a tree-lined street in the wealthy suburb of Kew in south-west London

Laureline's sister Samantha Collot issued a heart-felt plea for people to come forward with any information about Laureline's murder, as Metropolitan Police confirmed that it had made no arrests in connection with the case

Laureline’s sister Samantha Collot issued a heart-felt plea for people to come forward with any information about Laureline’s murder, as Metropolitan Police confirmed that it had made no arrests in connection with the case

A blue forensics tent was erected near to where Ms Garcia-Bertaux' body was discovered last night. A police cordon has been erected sealing off the area

A blue forensics tent was erected near to where Ms Garcia-Bertaux’ body was discovered last night. A police cordon has been erected sealing off the area

Tragic Laureline’s Tinder profile page 

A photo from Laureline's Tinder

A photo from Laureline’s Tinder

Murder detectives are investigating Laureline Garcia-Bertaux’s love life after close friends said she was active on dating sites such as Tinder, Bundle and the Inner Circle.

The 34-year-old was due to meet a mystery man on Sunday evening, just hours before her death.

Her Tinder profile shows pictures of the French national posing for the camera along with shots of herself laughing with friends.

In a biography attached to the profile, she described herself as a ‘fairly normal person with a little dose of crazy and creativity’.

It read: ‘Just me trying to meet someone I can have great chemistry and banter with I could be sweet, fun and sometime feisty.

‘Basically a fairly normal person with a little dose of crazy and creativity.

‘And since it’s matters here I’m a bit tall: 5’11.’

In a biography attached to the profile, she described herself as a 'fairly normal person with a little dose of crazy and creativity'

In a biography attached to the profile, she described herself as a ‘fairly normal person with a little dose of crazy and creativity’

In a post to Facebook, translated from her native French, she wrote: ‘Missing alert… the police now need all the people who could have had [seen] Laureline between Sunday night and Monday morning.

‘We can bring all of this info together, even if we are not sure!!! It is what Facebook is for!!! Thank you all.’ 

Murder detectives are now investigating the French national’s love life after close friends said she was active on dating sites such as Tinder, Bundle and the Inner Circle. 

Laureline, who lived alone with her two pet dogs, had worked alongside Joan Collins, 85, last year on the short film Gerry. 

In a statement, Dame Joan told the Daily Mirror: ‘I’m shocked by the horrifying news. Laureline was passionate about film. I enjoyed our collaboration and thought she had a great future.’

Police launched a missing persons inquiry after the PR executive assistant and lifestyle blogger – a French national – failed to turn up to work on Monday. 

She was last seen alive on Saturday night at a Sainsbury’s, a few streets away from where she lived on Darell Road. 

A hunt has now been launched for her killer but so far there have been no arrests.  

Her friend Daniel Hughes, 27, said he had spoken to her best friend, who reported her missing.

‘I think the last point the CCTV caught her was outside a Sainsbury’s on Saturday evening in Richmond,’ he said.

‘She was meant to go shopping in Oxford Street on Sunday, daytime. She was meant to meet a man for coffee on the Sunday evening. 

‘We’re not sure when the murder took place, whether it was Saturday night or Sunday night.

‘She was meant to move out of that house on Monday morning.’

Mr Hughes said he found the proposed meeting before his friend’s murder ‘a bit suspicious’ and said he had been told the man was a ‘charismatic’ vet.

‘She met him in a shop or something like that and then he must have chatted to her then and they arranged a coffee on Sunday evening,’ he said.

‘We don’t know if she went out to meet him or not because we don’t know what the point was when that happened.’ 

It is understood that Miss Garcia-Bertaux, a French national from Aix-en-Provence in the south of the country, had been in a long-term relationship with a Russian man named Kirill Belorusov until January last year. 

But friends have said she was single before her death. 

She had written on an online dating profile that she wanted to meet a man to have ‘banter with’, and described herself as a ‘fairly normal person with a little dose of crazy and creativity’.

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux

The 34-year-old PR executive assistant from Richmond on Thames, was reported missing after she failed to turn up to work on Monday

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, a 34-year-old PR executive assistant from Richmond on Thames, was reported missing after she failed to turn up to work on Monday

The property on Darell Road in Kew, south west London, where Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave in the garden

The property on Darell Road in Kew, south west London, where Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave in the garden

Mr Hughes, who said he previously worked with Ms Garcia-Bertaux at the Discovery Channel, said she was single and lived alone with her two dogs.

‘She’s tall, got a lot of presence. Always very friendly, very talkative, would never have hurt anyone.

‘Got a lot of confidence and passion, a lovely lady. She had a lot of friends as well, including me,’ he said.

‘I’m pretty harrowed about it. I’ve been in that house, I’ve been in that garden. It’s creepy, it’s upset me quite a lot.’

Members of Ms Garcia-Bertaux’s family, who are believed to have flown into the UK from France, have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers, police said.

No-one has been arrested and a post-mortem examination is to be carried out.

A large police cordon has been put in place around the scene in Darell Road which extends to cover the garden and passageway area at the back of the terraced property.

With the noise of playing children echoing from a nearby school, forensics officers in blue suits could be seen erecting a large tent, with evidence markers visible down the narrow alley between a number of homes.

A neighbour who did not want to be named said others on the street have told him they had seen a man visiting the property ‘now and again’, and added: ‘I did not see her very much.’

Another told how he saw Ms Garcia-Bertaux with a ‘scruffy looking geezer’ days before she went missing.

Paul Watkins, 63, said he saw her walking her Rottweiler and Husky dog in a park near her home. He said: ‘She was usually on her own when she walked her dogs and we would stop and chat, mostly about the dogs.

‘Last Wednesday I saw her as I was leaving and she was with this scruffy looking geezer. He was 5ft 10 and was holding one of the dogs by a lead. I did not speak to him’.

Meanwhile, a producer who worked with Ms Garcia-Bertaux on a number of projects – including the short film Gerry with Joan Collins and Tower Block with Sheridan Smith and Jack O’Connell – said she was ‘absolutely devastated’ to hear of her friend’s death. 

Laureline was last seen alive on Saturday night at a Sainsbury's a few streets away from where she lived

Laureline described herself as a fashion blogger

Laureline (pictured) was last seen alive on Saturday night at a Sainsbury’s, a few streets away from where she lived on Darell Road. So far there have been no arrests

In June last year Ms Garcia-Bertaux posted on Instagram about her joy of working with Joan Collins on the short film Gerry

In June last year Ms Garcia-Bertaux posted on Instagram about her joy of working with Joan Collins on the short film Gerry

Producer Hester Ruoff, who spoke to her close friend hours before she was reported missing, told The Telegraph: ‘Laureline was incredibly loyal – she had my back 100 per cent. She would give up her contacts for the benefit of the film, which is just so very, very rare in the industry.

‘She became so much more than my line producer, she became a very close friend. She was just so spirited and very loyal and when you find someone like that you do everything you can not to let them go.’

Ms Garcia-Bertaux’s profile on the film industry website IMDb said she was born on November 25, 1984, in Aix-en-Provence in southern France and had lived in Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean.  

She began performing at an early age before developing an interest in street dance, modern jazz, ballet and belly dancing.

Ms Garcia-Bertaux, who had a Rottweiler named Jazz, had been a dancer for almost 20 years. She performed in a cover band called The Tams and wrote her own music.

She was also a dog lover, and in her final post last month she wrote: ‘Every morning  I’m struggling to get out of bed for this one! It’s so hard to resist to cuddle him.’

Her neighbour Mr Watkins said he had been told others living nearby had previously complained about her two dogs barking. 

One in her 60s said: ‘She lived there for about 18 months – you barely saw her, but you could hear her.

‘She always spoke in French and was very loud, chatting on the phone at all hours. I used to see her walking her dogs, one rottweiler and one husky, they were beautiful, they didn’t make a lot of noise.

‘She was on her own as far as I’m aware, I never saw anyone coming in an out apart from her.  

Forensic teams at the home on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found

Forensic teams at the home on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found

Detectives can be seen walking around the crime scene with clipboards - as police patrol the surrounding area. Pictured: Forensic teams 

Detectives can be seen walking around the crime scene with clipboards – as police patrol the surrounding area. Pictured: Forensic teams 

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux

The 34-year-old was from Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, (pictured) from Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday

A map showing where Ms Garcia-Bertaux was last seen at a Sainsbury's supermarket, and where her body was found at her home in Darell Road, less than half a mile away

A map showing where Ms Garcia-Bertaux was last seen at a Sainsbury’s supermarket, and where her body was found at her home in Darell Road, less than half a mile away

Another neighbour said: ‘There’s not much I can say other than she was nice enough, I used to say hello. She lived alone I think. Nobody else was there but the dogs, she loved them.’ 

A single reclinable sofa chair could be seen outside the terraced house where the victim was believed to have lived.

The small front garden of the two-storey open brick house, worth more than £800,000 and which had been split into two flats, was overgrown with grass and plants.

The murder scene lies just 30 foot from Darell Primary and Nursey School.

Police forensics remove items from athe property on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave

Police forensics remove items from athe property on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave

Detectives can be seen walking around the crime scene with clipboards – as police patrol the surrounding area.

Neighbour Bob Bassett, 75, said that he knew of Ms Garcia-Bertaux, and would speak to her about her two large dogs.

‘She was quiet. I never saw a boyfriend,’ he said, adding that as far as he knows she lived in the ground-floor flat alone, and was originally from France.

Another neighbour who did not want to be named said he had previously seen her with a leonberger – a large breed of dog.

He said others on the street have told him they had seen a man visiting the property ‘now and again’, and added: ‘I did not see her very much.’

A large police cordon has been put in place around the scene in Darell Road which extends to cover the garden and passageway area at the back of the terraced property.

With the noise of playing children echoing from a nearby school, forensics officers in blue suits could be seen erecting a large tent, with evidence markers visible down the narrow alley between a number of homes.    

Although formal identification has not taken place, Laureline’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers.

On her social media profiles Ms Garcia-Bertaux described herself as a line producer for short films, an executive assistant, a PR and marketing worker and a lifestyle blogger and fashion stylist.  

Her LinkedIn page said she had been working as an executive assistant at the London PR agency Golin since January.

She also founded a video and online production firm called Black Balloons Studios in October last year, and runs a fashion and lifestyle blog called Style & T. 

After moving from France in 2009, Miss Garcia-Bertaux graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and worked on films starring Dame Joan Collins and Sheridan Smith. 

Although formal identification has not taken place, Laureline's family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers

Although formal identification has not taken place, Laureline’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers

Forensics officers in blue suits could be seen erecting a large tent, with evidence markers visible down the narrow alley between a number of homes

Forensics officers in blue suits could be seen erecting a large tent, with evidence markers visible down the narrow alley between a number of homes

A forensic tent was spotted in the garden of the house in Kew where the body of Ms Garcia-Bertaux was discovered

A forensic tent was spotted in the garden of the house in Kew where the body of Ms Garcia-Bertaux was discovered

The profile said she moved to London in 2009 to pursue a career in the ‘creative industry’, aspiring to be a film director and screenwriter.

It said her film credits include the movies Tower Block, staring Sheridan Smith and Jack O’Connell, and Gerry, starring Joan Collins. 

Joan Collins is pictured on the set for short film Gerry, which Ms Garcia-Bertaux worked on as a producer

Joan Collins is pictured on the set for short film Gerry, which Ms Garcia-Bertaux worked on as a producer

In December she hinted that she had endured a tough year.

She wrote on Facebook: ‘I can clearly say that despite how bad this year has been! I’ve never felt closer to my friends and family!’   

When she went missing she was said to visit the Twickenham area as well as Camden, north London, and the Dorset resort town of Bournemouth. 

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday.

‘During the late evening of Wednesday, officers located a body in a shallow grave in a garden in Darell Road, Kew.

‘Although formal identification has not taken place, Laurline’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers.

‘A forensic crime scene is in place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course. There have been no arrests.

‘A murder investigation has been launched by Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

‘Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police.’ 

No arrests have been made and a post-mortem is due to take place on March 9. 

Police activity at the property on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of Ms Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave in the garden

Police activity at the property on Darell Road in Kew, south-west London where the body of Ms Garcia-Bertaux was found in a shallow grave in the garden

On her social media profiles Ms Garcia-Bertaux described herself as a line producer for short films, an executive assistant, a PR and marketing worker and a lifestyle blogger and fashion stylist. The scene at her home is pictured

On her social media profiles Ms Garcia-Bertaux described herself as a line producer for short films, an executive assistant, a PR and marketing worker and a lifestyle blogger and fashion stylist. The scene at her home is pictured

Her body was discovered in a garden in Darell Road (pictured) in Kew, south-west London. So far there have been no arrests

Her body was discovered in a garden in Darell Road (pictured) in Kew, south-west London. So far there have been no arrests

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