Murder investigation launched after body found in Erith

A murder investigation has been launched after the search for a missing person ended with a body being discovered in south east London.

The body was discovered on Wednesday, September 15, somewhere in Erith, London.

A missing person investigation had been launched by Thames Valley Police on 24 August following a report that a person had gone missing from the Reading area.

The person’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, Thames Valley Police said they were currently not in a position to offer any more information as to the person’s identity.

This Is Local London: The body was found in Erith, south east LondonThe body was found in Erith, south east London

But the police force has now launched a murder investigation as a result of the ongoing missing person investigation.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Major Crime Unit, said: “We have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a person in London.

“My thoughts remain with the man’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“The investigation is in its early stages and we are conducting thorough enquiries in order to establish what has happened.

“There is a scene watch currently in place in Hadrians Walk in Reading and so you may see an increased police presence in the local area whilst our enquiries continue.

“If anyone has any concerns or has information we would advise them to speak to one of our uniformed officers.

“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 43210379826, or if you wish to report 100% anonymously you can do so by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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