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Murder investigation launched after body of woman found in Blackheath

News   •   Jul 07, 2019 17:22 BST

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating after the discovery of a woman’s body in Blackheath.

Police were called to garages in Prendergast Road, Blackheath at around 17:00hrs on Friday, 5 July following reports that a body had been found at the location.

The identity of the deceased is yet to be formally established, however, the family of a woman reported missing on 15 May have been informed.

A post-mortem examination held at Greenwich mortuary on Sunday, 7 July was not able to establish cause of death, which is being treated as suspicious.

A murder investigation has been launched by the Homicide and Major Crime Command and a crime scene remains in place.

A/Detective Chief Inspector David Blair is leading the investigation. He said: “Although cause of death has not been determined, the woman who was sadly found deceased has injuries suggestive of third party involvement.

“The identity of the victim has not been formally established but we are liaising with the family of a woman in her 50’s from south London who was reported as a missing person.

“At this stage we are working hard to establish the circumstances of the woman’s death, which is being investigated as a murder.

“Please contact my team if you have information which could help our enquiries.”

There have been no arrests at this time and enquiries into the full circumstances continue.

Anyone with information concerning this murder is asked to call police on 0208 721 4961 or via Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

+ Due to the likelihood that the woman found deceased is the missing woman reported to police on 15 May, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) have been informed as a matter of course. A referral will also be made to the Independent Office of Police Conduct as a matter of routine.