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Second victim named after bodies discovered in Canning Town

News   •   May 07, 2019 18:42 BST

[Henriett Szucs]

Detectives investigating the discovery of two women in a freezer in Canning Town have identified the second victim.

Officers have confirmed her as Henriett Szucs, 34, a Hungarian national who had been in the UK for several years but was of no fixed address.

Henriett’s next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.

Last week officers were able to confirm that the first victim is Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as MJ. The mother-of-three had been reported missing to Newham police on 10 May 2018 and work had been ongoing to trace her. She lived in and frequented the Canning Town area.

Since MJ was a missing person, the Met has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in accordance with agreed protocols.

Post mortem examinations have now concluded for both women. While no formal cause of death has been established, these have confirmed that MJ and Henriett suffered multiple injuries. Further tests are being carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Today we have been able to confirm to Henriett’s family that she is sadly one of the women found in the property at Vandome Close. They are of course devastated and we would ask for their privacy to be respected. MJ’s family continue to try to come to terms with their loss and we have specialist officers supporting both families.

“Now we know Henriett’s identity, we would appeal for anyone with information about her and in particular her association with the address in Vandome Close where she was found to come forward. We understand she was last heard from in the summer of 2016 when she spoke to somebody she knew in Hungary on the phone; we need to establish if that was the last known contact with Henriett and I would ask anyone who heard from her after that time to contact my team.

“We also continue to also ask for help to piece together the last movements of MJ’s life. We need to build up a full picture of both of these women’s lives, whether they knew each other, who they associated with and what they were doing in and around Vandome Close and the Canning Town area.

“The way in which they died is truly shocking and our heart goes out to these women’s friends and families.”

Police had been called at 11:45hrs on Friday, 26 April to the flat in Vandome Close E16 following concerns for the welfare of a male occupant.

Local officers subsequently gained entry and discovered the bodies.

Officers are working to build up a comprehensive picture of activity that took place at the address in Vandome Close. They know it was a property that various people used to stay at, transient members of the community who moved from address to address. It was also frequented by drug users.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205, via @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.