Samantha Eastwood – Man charged with murder of midwife


Police investigating the death of 28-year-old midwife Samantha Eastwood have charged a man with her murder.

Michael Stirling, aged 32, from Stoke, is due to appear at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court later.

The body of Ms Eastwood was discovered when police searched rural ground near Caverswall, Staffordshire, on Saturday, eight days after she was last seen.

Two men, aged 60 and 28, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released on conditional bail.

Ms Eastwood was last seen in uniform leaving work at Royal Stoke University Hospital on the morning of 27 July.

Staffordshire Police said a post-mortem examination had taken place but further tests were required.

In a statement released by the force, Ms Eastwood’s family said: “We would like to say ‘thank you’ to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.”

University Hospitals of North Midlands chief nurse Liz Rix described Ms Eastwood as “an absolutely dedicated and committed midwife” and a much-loved part of the team.

Searches involving dozens of officers and police sniffer dogs had centred on fields near Tickhill Lane, close to Caverswall.

source: BBC

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