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Met Police have launched a homicide investigation after Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, was found lifeless by a canine walker in Essex on Tuesday May 4. The man who found the body was out strolling his canine in Little Heath, Romford at about 2pm. Mrs Rawlings’ household have been “distraught” by the information, police stated. 

Mrs Rawlings was a mom of two daughters and lived in the Chelmsford space.

A autopsy examination was carried at Walthamstow Mortuary on Wednesday and the pathologists stated a preliminary explanation for loss of life was a neck compression and potential blunt drive head trauma. 

A police assertion stated the sufferer’s household have been knowledgeable and have been being supported by specialist officers.

They added that police will proceed to look at the crime scene and can stay in the world over the approaching days. 

Police imagine Mrs Rawlings went lacking after attending King George’s Hospital in Goodmayes, Ilford on Monday night.

They stated in an announcement: “Maria attended King George’s Hospital in Goodmayes, Ilford on the night of Monday, 3 May.

“She then left the hospital and made her approach on foot to Barley Lane in the path of the A12.

“It is believed that while strolling on this highway, somebody could have approached Maria.

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“Now I’m asking for the general public to assist us. I need to hear from anybody who knew Maria and is aware of about the place she had been and who she had been associating with.

“Have you seen her in the world in the corporate of one other particular person? Had you latterly heard or seen a disturbance or battle in the world however didn’t assume it important on the time?

“You may need dashcam or doorbell footage that would have captured her – please consider carefully and, for those who might help, contact police.”

Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, BCU Commander for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, stated: “I perceive the issues round security that may come up from this, notably from girls, and now we have elevated patrols in the world from our native policing groups.

“Community security stays a excessive precedence and I urge anybody who has any issues to talk to my officers whenever you see them or contact us.”