A BRITISH woman working at a Santa’s grotto has been knifed to death in Lapland.
Rebecca Johnson, 26, was a Scottish seasonal worker who gave guided tours for children to see Santa in his world-famous grotto.
Tragically the Santa Safari worker died from her injuries in Kuttanen, Finland on Saturday.
A manhunt was launched for the suspect – the woman’s 35-year-old Czech boyfriend – who is alleged to have stabbed her following an argument.
Rebecca’s great-aunt, Val Laing, paid an emotional tribute today saying: “Rebecca was a beautiful girl.”
She told the Courier: “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.”
Rebecca’s boyfriend was found using helicopters and Husky dogs after he allegedly fled into the freezing wilderness. He was discovered to be suffering from hypothermia after hiding in the woods.
A spokesman for Santa Safari told The Sun:
“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.
“Our team is working closely with the Finnish Police and relevant authorities to support the investigation that is now underway.
“It goes without saying that we will do everything we can to support the family and our staff at this incredibly difficult time.”
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of a British national who died in Finland on 3 December.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland have been contacted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the death of a British national in Finland and will continue to assist them as required.”
British seasonal workers typically stay in Lapland, which is 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle region, from late November to January.
Tourists come to stay a few nights to have a Christmas experience of snow and reindeer