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Image released of deceased man in bid to trace his next of kin

News   •   Dec 10, 2018 15:20 GMT

Police are releasing an image of a deceased man to try to identify his next of kin.

On Saturday, 13 October police were alerted to a male seen entering the water at Luralda Wharf, E14.

Officers conducted an area search with the coast guard with no trace.

The following day, the body of a male was recovered near to the Met’s Marine Policing Unit regatta at Wapping. It transpired that he was the same male seen entering the water the previous day.

The death was not treated as suspicious.

The male did not have any identification on him. Eventually police enquiries established his identity as Moustafa Ragouni, 27. He is believed to be a Moroccan national who had entered the UK in August 2017 and claimed asylum.

He had lived in various addresses in the UK, including Coventry, Glasgow and Bedfordshire.

He is not thought to have had any family in the UK.

It is not known how or when Moustafa arrived in London, if he had been living here, or for how long.

Detective Constable Gavin Markey, of the Central East Command Unit, said: “We have carried out a number of enquiries with various agencies including the Home Office and the Moroccan Consulate but unfortunately we have not been able to trace any of Moustafa’s relatives.

“Issuing his image to the media and public is the last resort in our enquiries as all other avenues have been exhausted. Any next of kin he has deserve to know what has happened to him.”

Anyone who recognises Moustafa and may have information that could help police inform his family are asked to call 101 quoting CAD 2765/10 Oct.

Alternatively tweet @MetCC.