Former aide to Duchess of York found after police search

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A former aide to the Duchess of York has been tracked down to Cornwall, according to police investigating the death of her boyfriend.

A former aide to the Duchess of York has been tracked down to Cornwall, according to police investigating the death of her boyfriend.

Jane Andrews, who was a dresser for the Duchess for nine years, was arrested at 6.45am. She was safe and well, said a police spokesman.

The body of her partner, Thomas Cressman, a wealthy businessman, was discovered in a house in Fulham, west London, on Monday.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dickie said a murder investigation had been launched, but police were keeping an open mind as to the circumstances of the death.

Jane Andrews, 33, worked for the Duchess until 1997 and accompanied the Duke and Duchess on foreign tours. She hit the headlines in 1995 after £250,000 of the Duchess's jewellery was stolen from a suitcase which she checked into an aircraft hold in New York. The items, which had been stolen by a baggage handler, were recovered.

After leaving her job with the Duchess in 1997, she spent some time working for Claridge's hotel in London and started working for the jewellery designer Theo Fennell, where she is a sales assistant, last November.

Officers were called to the couple's house by a colleague of the dead man. The house was cordoned off by police and a post-mortem examination is being carried out at Fulham mortuary.

Ms Andrews reverted to using her maiden name after divorcing Christopher Dunn-Butler in 1996. She and Mr Cressman had been together for two years, and recently returned from a holiday in Italy and France, where his mother lives.

Ms Andrews did not go to work on Saturday at the Theo Fennell shop in Fulham Road. She had rung to say she would not be in. Dermot Dennehy, the commercial director of Theo Fennell, said Ms Andrews had not been in contact since then.

"She was supposed to work on Sunday and Monday as well, but did not turn up. Nothing seemed to be amiss before that, though."

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