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UPDATE: Investigation into man's disappearance

News   •   Dec 12, 2019 14:15 GMT

[Mohammed Shah Subhani]

Detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of Mohammed Shah Subhani – known as ‘Shah’ – are searching an area of woodland in Beaconsfield.

Specialist officers, assisted by specialist search dogs, are combing the wooded area near Hedgerley Lane in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from Specialist Crime, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding. A large wooded area will have to be searched and may then be subjected to close forensic examination, this may take a considerable time. I cannot rule out that the scope of the investigation may also take in other locations in the vicinity, but we will strive to keep any disruption to a minimum. Shah’s family are being kept informed of all the developments and my thoughts are with them at this painful and distressing time.

“The area that we are searching is fairly isolated and you would probably have to know it existed, as opposed to it being stumbled across. I believe that this presents a significant opportunity, as the local community may have seen something suspicious in the area of Hedgerley Lane that we are searching. I would ask anyone who uses this area to think back, particularly around the time Shah went missing, and call police if you remember anything that may help. Also there are a number of cars we are interested in and if anyone remembers seeing these vehicles in this area, again call police. A substantial reward of £20,000 remains on offer for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved. 

“I would urge anyone who can help Shah’s family to call police or Crimestoppers. Those in the know, just imagine the pain your silence is causing Shah’s loving family.”

Police were called on Tuesday, 7 May after 27-year-old Shah failed to return to his home in Hounslow, West London. His family reported him as missing shortly before midnight, having last seen him at 12:30hrs that same day.

An extensive police enquiry was launched to find Shah and there have been numerous appeals for the public’s help.

Shah’s car was recovered with ballistic damage on Wednesday, 19 June and this, taken with the circumstances of his disappearance, lead to police treating this as a murder inquiry. 

Another development is the recovery on Saturday, 3 August, in Hounslow, of a black BMW X5 that was on cloned plates, YC67MFY. This vehicle had been stolen overnight from Reading Road in Farnborough, Hampshire on Friday, 8 February. Police are keen to hear from anyone with information about this car’s movements from Tuesday, 7 May. 

Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have information related to a Blue Range Rover Evoque, using false plates MF13 AOT, which was at the corner of Derby Road, at the same time as Shah around 15:20hrs on Tuesday, 7 May. Officers know the car later travelled to Ilford on those plates but has not been seen since. It had a lot of body damage and may have since been passed on.

Anyone with any information about Shah’s disappearance is asked to call police on 101, or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote Operation Rockton.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online

Detectives have arrested seven people in connection with Shah’s disappearance. 

A 23-year-old-man [A] was arrested on Tuesday, 2 July on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, he has been released under investigation. 

Two men – aged 22 [B] and 25 [C] – were arrested on Monday, 8 July on suspicion of murder, kidnap/abduction and perverting the course of justice. [B] Remains on bail, while [C] was released under investigation.

A 20-year-old man [D] was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap and perverting the course of justice on Wednesday, 31 July. He was subsequently released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 19-year-old man [E] was arrested on Thursday, 29 August on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnap. He was released under investigation.

A 22-year-old man [F] was arrested at an address in west London on Tuesday, 22 October on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. In addition, a search warrant was executed at a residential address in west London. He was later released under investigation.

A 22-year-old man [G] was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday, 9 December. He has been bailed to return to a police station at a later date.