Hunt for abducted young dad 'seen bundled into car at 4am' is now murder investigation

Aron Kato has been missing since April following a night out in east London. (PA)

murder investigation has been launched following the disappearance of a “family man” from Newham in East London who has not been seen for three months.

Aron Kato, 28, from Newham was last seen being pushed into a BMW in Ley Street, Ilford shortly after 4.30am on April 18 and police fear he is now dead.

Mr Kato is the father of a six-month-old baby but has not contacted any of his friends or family since that day.

Seven people, one woman and six men, aged from 25 to 39, have been bailed or released under investigation after they were arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who has any information on the Aron Kato case. (PA)

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector, Mick Norman, has said: “All our enquiries and appeals have failed to locate Aron and I am deeply saddened that we have had accept that this is now a murder investigation.

“Aron’s family are understandably distraught and we are doing all we can to help and support them.

“I would ask anyone who information and who has not yet contacted police, to think about the effect their silence is having on this family. I want to assure any witnesses that we have specialist officers ready to take your call and support you.

“Aron was last seen being forced into a dark coloured BMW hatchback, with the registration RF12 0ZA, in Ley Street, Ilford. We are also asking for anyone who knows the whereabouts of that car, or the occupants, to contact police immediately.”

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Speaking of the CCTV footage, Mr Kato’s twin sister, Sharon, said: “The way they dragged him and they took him, no human being should do something like that.

We feel lost. You know you want something so bad but you can’t find it. You dream about it, wanting it, but you just don’t know where it is.

“All the family, our life has been put on pause. Every Sunday as a family we get together, but even now when we get together it’s like one head is missing.

In an earlier appeal to find him, his girlfriend Chanel Naidoo described him as "the most bubbly, happy, genuine family man who would do anything to help anyone".

Crimestoppers are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for his disappearance and murder.

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