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Sadiq Khan said he was “heartbroken” by the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa.
The Mayor of London shared his devastation on Twitter in a message on Wednesday after Sabina Nessa’s body was found by a member of public on Saturday.
In the wake of her death, Mr Khan wrote: “I’m heartbroken by the death of Sabina Nessa.
“My thoughts are with her family, friends and the whole community. I urge anyone who was in the area to contact @MetPoliceUK—any information will be vital in the investigation and help bring the perpetrator to justice.”
I'm heartbroken by the death of Sabina Nessa. My thoughts are with her family, friends and the whole community.
I urge anyone who was in the area to contact @MetPoliceUK—any information will be vital in the investigation and help bring the perpetrator to justice. https://t.co/I8a2DZqXEt
— Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (@MayorofLondon) September 22, 2021
Officers fear that she may have been attacked by a stranger who is on the loose.
Extra officers have been patrolling the area to reassure the public. It is understood that the teacher was not on her way home but was walking to another location which has not been disclosed by police.
Detectives are trawling a number of other sites potentially connected to the killing.
Officers arrested a man in his forties at the scene but he has been released under investigation and is not believed to have been involved in the crime. A post-mortem examination carried out into the cause of Ms Nessa’s death was inconclusive.
Investigators have confirmed “a number of crime scenes are in place” as forensic teams scour for clues .
Ms Nessa’s body was not discovered for several hours because it was “off the main park walkway”, according to police. It was found by a dog walker and someone hunting for a lost gold necklace in the park. Fiona Oletu, 23, a paralegal who lives nearby, told The Sun: “One of my neighbours is the guy who found the body.”
Neighbours of Ms Nessa’s family in Sandy, Bedfordshire, described how her father knocked on their doors to give them the news of his daughter’s death.
She had studied sociology at the University of Greenwich before completing her teaching qualification in Bedfordshire. Lisa Williams, the head teacher of Rushey Green Primary School in Lewisham, where Ms Nessa worked, described her as “brilliant”, “kind” and “caring”. Anyone with information or any witnesses can call police on 101, quoting reference 5747/18.