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UPDATE: Murder investigation in Tower Hamlets

News   •   Feb 04, 2019 14:05 GMT

[Victim: Linda McArity]

An investigation into the murder of a woman in Tower Hamlets continues.

On 30 December 2018 at around 13:20hrs, officers attended an address in Salisbury House on Hobday Street, E14 after concerns were raised for the welfare of the occupant.

Officers forced entry and found a 50-year-old woman unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at 14:06hrs.

Her next of kin are aware and are happy for the deceased to be named as Linda Jane McArity (18.12.68), of Tower Hamlets.

The death was initially deemed unexplained, awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

A special post-mortem examination was held on Friday, 4 January at Poplar Public Mortuary with a provisional cause of death given as compression to the neck.

The Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) are investigating, led by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams.

DCI Whellams, said: “While our investigation continues apace and a number of arrests have been made, we remain keen to hear from anyone who may know Linda and can help us piece together her movements in the time before she died.

“We believe Linda may have been attacked some days before she was discovered. Think carefully – did you see her out and about in the run up to Christmas? Did you notice her accompanied by anyone else? If so, you may have information that at the time seemed unimportant but could now have some significance for our investigation.

“My officers are ready to speak to you. Please contact our incident room, where your information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Three people have been arrested as part of the investigation on suspicion of murder.

A 36-year-old man [A] was arrested on Thursday, 10 January; a 62-year-old man [B] and a 46-year-old man [C] were arrested on Wednesday, 23 January. All three have been released on bail.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.