Parents of killed Santa Safari excursion employee journey to Lapland
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Picture caption Rebecca Johnson worked with Santa Safari in Lapland
The Dad and mom of a Santa excursion manual who became stabbed to dying in Lapland have traveled to Finland, it is understood.
The victim has been named regionally as Rebecca Johnson, from Burntisland in Fife.
Her frame changed into discovered inside the Finnish village of Kuttanen on Saturday.
The 26-year-vintage became a member of the Santa Safari crew which fits with Oxford-based total tour operator Trans journey to organize Christmas-themed tours to Lapland.
Her 36-12 months-vintage Czech boyfriend is in police custody.
Ms. Johnson turned into a member of the Sled Canine Association of Scotland (SDAS), who said she changed into a “brilliant and bubbly younger woman” who “lived for her dogs”.
In a declaration at the SDAS internet site, the Association stated: “Our mind go out to her buddies and own family at this difficult time, especially so close to Christmas, a time to be with your family.
“Rebecca was a keen musher who changed into a superb supporter for SDAS, generously giving many ManMat prizes for our race competitors.”
A minute’s silence may be held for Ms. Johnson at this weekend’s Darnaway race, observed with the aid of a set for considered one of her preferred Canine charities, SDAS brought.
Talking to the Courier newspaper, Ms. Johnson’s terrific-aunt Val Laing, who lives in Burntisland, said her exquisite-niece might be significantly neglected.
She said: “Rebecca became a lovely woman.
“I had come home from Edinburgh while her granddad turned into on the smartphone to inform me what had passed off. I could not take it in in the beginning.
“For her Mother and father and grandparents to lose her just before Christmas is devastating. I will be there for them however I don’t know how they’re going to manage.”An assertion from the Lapland Police Department said: “Police are continuing their investigations into the murder inside the village of Kuttanen, with the aid of Enontekio, in Finland.
“A 26-yr-antique British citizen has died because of the incident.
“Following a manhunt, a 36-12 months-antique Czech man turned into detained as a suspect. Police are recommending he be imprisoned and officially charged with murder on Wednesday 7 December.”
A spokeswoman for Santa Safari said on Monday: “We’re deeply saddened to affirm that a member of the Santa Safari crew become found lifeless on three December.
“We are all in shock from this tragic news and our mind exit to her family.
“Our crew is working intently with the Finnish police and relevant authorities to guide the investigation that is now underneath manner.
“It is going without saying that we are able to do the whole thing we are able to to guide the family and our team of workers at this noticeably difficult time.”
An Overseas and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We’re supporting the own family of a British countrywide who died in Finland on 3 December.”
Lapland Police stated her boyfriend fled on a Canine sled and a manhunt changed into released related to snow scooters and a helicopter.
The man became discovered some hours later within the barren region, in temperatures of -30C, and brought to the clinic.