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Body found in Ilford cemetery died of ‘extensive head injuries’

PUBLISHED: 18:04 03 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:12 03 February 2018

Seyed Khan. Photo: Met Police

Seyed Khan. Photo: Met Police

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A post-mortem has revealed “extensive head injuries” as the cause of death of a body found in Ilford cemetery believed to be missing man Seyed Khan.

The suspects stole a quantity of  jewellery. Picture: Ken MearsThe suspects stole a quantity of jewellery. Picture: Ken Mears

Mr Khan, 49, was last seen at his home address in Thamesmead at around 5pm on January 24 when he left to go to work at A-Z Carpets, High Road, Ilford.

Detectives discovered the body of a man in Ilford cemetery, in High Road, at 12pm on February, 1.

A post-mortem examination took place at East Ham Mortuary on yesterday (February 2).

Mr Khan’s family have been informed of this development and formal identification awaits.

Police seal off the Buckingham Road cemetery in the search for Seyed KhanPolice seal off the Buckingham Road cemetery in the search for Seyed Khan

Officers have launched a murder probe into the disappearance of the Thamesmead man and have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The suspect remains in custody at an east London police station for questioning.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) took over the investigation.

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino, (HMCC) said: “A murder investigation has now been launched after officers searching for Mr Khan found a body. His family has been updated. We await formal identification.

“We know that Mr Khan made a phone call at 6.55pm on the High Road in Ilford on the evening he went missing and was not seen afterwards.

His car was found in the High Road. Whilst we have made an arrest, we would encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact us immediately.

“A range of enquiries including the review of local CCTV footage and forensic analysis are ongoing.”

Anyone who has information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4622, via 101 or tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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