Crime

Murder of Vanessa Santillan in Fulham- appeal for witnesses and information

Murder detectives are appealing for witnesses and information in an inquiry into the killing of 33 year old Vanessa Santillan in Fulham.

She died on Saturday 28th March.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command and officers from Hammersmith and Fulham were in the Landridge Road area yesterday seeking witnesses.

Officers spoke with a number of people in the local area.

Vanessa Santillan- murdered in Fulham. Met Police appeal for information. Image: Met Police

Vanessa Santillan- murdered in Fulham. Met Police appeal for information. Image: Met Police

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at around 9.30 pm last Saturday when Vanessa’s body found was found at a flat in Romily Court (SW6).

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination held at Fulham Mortuary gave the preliminary cause of death as injuries to the head and neck.

An incident room has been opened in Lewisham with detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigating.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves, who leads the investigation, said:

We want to speak to anyone who saw Vanessa on Friday or Saturday. We need to know why this has happened and we want help from anyone who knew her while she was in London.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information that can assist police are asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

Romily Court, Landridge Road, Fulham. Image: Google Street View

Romily Court, Landridge Road, Fulham. Image: Google Street View

A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigation.

He has been bailed to return on a date in late May pending further enquiries.

Update 10/4/2015

Detectives investigating the murder of 33-year-old Vanessa Santillan in Fulham have set up a number of alternative ways information about Vanessa and her murder can be provided.

As well as working with Galop, London’s LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity, officers have set up a dedicated e-mail address: OpLarbreck@met.police.uk where information in both English and Spanish can be provided.

Vanessa had arrived in the UK from her home country of Mexico in January 2015 and it is believed she worked as an escort whilst in London.

Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Reeves, who leads the investigation, said:

Vanessa’s parents are devastated by the loss of their daughter. She was living many miles from home, but she was regularly in touch with her family. She last spoke to them on Friday, 27 March.

Later that evening, she met up with a small group of friends and went out to the West End, returning home in the early hours of Saturday. I need to hear from anyone who saw Vanessa on Saturday 28 March or spoke to her, and anyone who met her while she was in London.”

A number of people have come forward to speak to us already and have provided valuable information. I want to appeal to members of all communities, including the LGBT community, to come forward with information to help us in this case.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist police, should call the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org

To provide information via Galop, London’s LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity, call 020 7704 2040.

To Skype, use ‘galop london’ or email info@galop.org.uk – You will be able to access an interpreter if English is not your first language.

Information can also be provided to the police via e-mail in English or Spanish via: OpLarbreck@met.police.uk

Update 15/5/2015

Police investigating the murder of Vanessa Santillan in Fulham have charged a man with her murder on Friday 15th May 2015.

23 year old Joaquin Gomez-Hernandez from Landridge Road, SW6 will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court charged with Vanessa’s murder in Romily Court, Landridge Road, SW6 on Saturday, 28th March.

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