Crime

UPDATE: Murder investigation launched after body of a woman was found in Grand Union Canal

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[Update of previous story]

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are now treating the death of a woman, whose body was recovered from the Grand Union Canal on Sunday 10th of May, as murder.

Police believe they know the identity of the woman.

But formal identification has yet to take place and the next of kin have not been informed.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday, 11th of  May at Westminster Mortuary and concluded late last night.

The results are inconclusive and further tests need to be carried out.

Delamere Terrace next to the Grand Union Canal. Screen grab from Google Street View. Click for link.

Delamere Terrace next to the Grand Union Canal. Screen grab from Google Street View. Click for link.

Detectives are carrying out house to house inquiries in the local area along the Grand Union Canal.

They’re also examining local CCTV footage to help further the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Ashwin, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command is leading the investigation.

He said:

Our investigation is fast moving and ongoing, we are following a number of lines of inquiry. I would like to appeal to the local community who live on, or use the Grand Union Canal. Did you see anything suspicious over the last two weeks that may help us?

If anyone has any information please contact us on 020 8785 8244.

At this stage detectives are not in a position to confirm how long the body had been in the water.

The body was recovered by police, from a black suitcase in the Grand Union Canal, on Sunday 10th May.

Police had been called by a member of the public.

Metropolitan River police were involved in the recovery operation and the canal was closed to river traffic for the day.

 

 

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