A woman has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mee Kuen Chong.
Mee Kuen Chong, 67, who was also known as Deborah, vanished without a trace from her home in London on June 10.
She was originally from Malaysia but had been living in the Wembley area of London since 2004.
Now a 36-year-old woman was arrested at an address in Kilburn on suspicion of murder.
The unnamed woman remains in custody at a north London police station.
A murder investigation has been launched after police initially described Ms Chong’s death as “unexplained”.
Now Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “The discovery of Mee’s body is a tragic development and my thoughts are with her family and friends.
“At this stage, we are working on establishing the full circumstances surrounding Mee’s death and in particular her movements. I would ask anyone who saw her between Thursday, 10 June and Sunday, 27 June either in London or Devon, who has not yet spoken to police, to please come forward.
“It is absolutely vital that anyone who may have information about Mee’s movements over this period share what they know to help us fully understand what happened to her.”
A cause of death has yet to be ascertained. A post-mortem took place at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Monday.
The crime scene remains in South Devon as police searches are likely to continue.
Anyone with information should call 0208 358 0300. Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.