Man, 36, is arrested for ‘murder’ of missing woman, 21, who was found dead in east London
- Hina Bashir was reported missing in recent days after disappearing from Ilford
- Police have launched a murder probe after a body was found in Havering today
- A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the 21-year-old
A man has been arrested and police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a 21-year-old woman was found days after she was reported missing in London.
Hina Bashir disappeared from Ilford, east London, earlier this week prompting police to begin searching for her.
They have now arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found in Havering, also east London, in the early hours of this morning.
The Metropolitan Police says while formal identification is yet to take place, they have informed Ms Bashir’s family, who are being supported by specialist officers.
Hina Bashir, pictured, was reported missing to the police in recent days after disappearing from Ilford
The force said it was ‘confident’ the man and Hina knew each other and has remanded him into custody.
It did not confirm exactly where the body was found.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘My thoughts are with Hina’s family who have suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can.
‘This has been a fast-moving investigation and a man is in custody. We are confident that this man and Hina were known to each other.
‘As our investigation progresses we will be working to develop our understanding of what happened to Hina, not just in recent days but in the weeks prior to this terrible incident.
‘I would urge anyone who believes they have information which could assist us to come forward.’
Information can be provided by calling police on 101 (reference 2674/14JUL) or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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