William Algar death: Human remains found in London park by police probing alleged murder of musician

Ellena Cruse
Met Police

Detectives investigating the killing of a musician have found human remains while searching near a park in south west London.

William Algar, 53, who was known as Blaise, was discovered dead at his flat in Barnes, on January 3.

A post-mortem examination found he had died from a stab wound to the chest.

On Saturday, police began a search seven miles away near Edgar Road, close to Hounslow Heath, where human remains were found that are believed to be parts of Mr Algar’s body.

Detective Inspector William White of the Met Police said: “This is a significant development in our investigation to establish what happened to Blaise.

“The location of our search is in a residential area, close to Hounslow Heath.

Mr Algar was discovered in a property in Nowell Road, Barnes (Google)

“Were you walking on the heath? Did you see anyone carrying anything?

“I am urging anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously to come forward and speak with us"

Detective Inspector White said he is also keen to hear from anyone who had contact with Blaise during November and December 2018.

“He was known to visit the local shops in the Castlenau area – did you notice him or speak to him?" he added.

“Our thoughts remain with his family and friends, and we will continue to provide them with the support they need.”

Mr Algar was described by his family as a "very vulnerable man".

Paying tribute to the 53-year-old, who was also known as Blaise, the family said: “We are utterly horrified to lose our son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, friend in such tragic circumstances.

“William Algar, also known as Blaise, was an incredibly talented musician and a gentle man. He was a brilliant jazz trumpeter and his playing brought joy to so many people.

“He was also a very vulnerable man.

“We hope that someone, anyone, can provide vital information to ensure those responsible for his death are brought to justice as swiftly as possible."

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with Mr Algar’s murder and is next due to appear at the Old Bailey on January 16.

Anyone with information should call police on 02087214054, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800555111

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