Murder investigation launched after missing man found dead in south London

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Police were called to reports of a fight in Clacton, Essex (Peter Bynre/PA) (PA Archive)
Police were called to reports of a fight in Clacton, Essex (Peter Bynre/PA) (PA Archive)

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man’s body was found in south London after he was reported missing from the Reading area.

Thames Valley Police launched a missing person investigation on August 24. Its Major Crime Unit started a murder investigation when the body was found in Erith on Wednesday.

His next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

The force are not offering “any more information as to the person’s identity” because of “the ongoing nature of the investigation”.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik said: “We have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a person in London.

“My thoughts remain with the man’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“The investigation is in its early stages and we are conducting thorough enquiries in order to establish what has happened.

“There is a scene watch currently in place in Hadrian Walk in Reading and so you may see an increased police presence in the local area whilst our enquiries continue.

“If anyone has any concerns or has information we would advise them to speak to one of our uniformed officers.

“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 43210379826, or if you wish to report 100% anonymously you can do so by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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