Family in shock after ‘beautiful’ Fife woman named as Lapland stabbing victim

By CRAIG GAMBLE

The family of a Scottish tour guide who was stabbed to death in Lapland have spoken of their deep shock at her murder.

Rebecca Johnson, 26, from Burntisland in Fife, was this morning named as the victim of the brutal attack – after her body had been discovered in the village of Kuttanen, Finland on Saturday.

Rebecca was working as part of the ‘Santa Safari’ team which provides festive-themed excursions in Lapland.

After discovering her body Finnish police launched a manhunt for the Fife woman’s 36-year-old Czech boyfriend.

He is said to have fled into the wilderness before being found suffering from hyperthermia as temperatures dropped to -30C.

He has now been arrested.

Ms Johnson’s great aunt, Val Laing, who stays in Burntisland, told the Courier newspaper: “I had come home from Edinburgh when her grandad was on the phone to tell me what had happened.

“I couldn’t take it in at first.

“For her parents and grandparents to lose her just before Christmas is devastating. I’ll be there for them but I don’t know how they are going to cope.

“Rebecca was a beautiful girl.”

A Santa Safari spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the Santa Safari team was discovered dead on December 3.

“We are all in shock from this tragic news and our thoughts go out to her family.

“It goes without saying that we will do everything we can to support the family and our staff at this incredibly difficult time.”

Tributes to Ms Johnson have been appearing on social media sites, with one Twitter user writing: “Shocked and saddened to hear of Rebecca Johnson’s death. Can’t imagine what her family will be going through especially at this time of year.”

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