Police continue to appeal for public’s help finding body of murder victim Joy Morgan last seen in Ilford
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Police are continuing to appeal for the public’s help in finding the body of murdered midwifery student Joy Morgan, who was killed by a fellow member of her Ilford church.
Hertfordshire Police have today (Monday, August 19) released a video explaining the challenges of investigating murders when no body has been discovered.
Twenty-year-old Joy Morgan, from Battersea, lived in Hatfield where she studied at the University of Hertfordshire and she was last seen in Ilford on Monday, August 5.
Shofah-el Israel aged 40, of Fordwych Road, Cricklewood, was found guilty of her murder at Reading Crown Court.
He will serve a life sentence with a minimum of 17 years.
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Israel lied to the police when he was arrested, saying he had dropped Ms Morgan off at her student accommodation in Hatfield after a celebratory dinner at the American-founded Israel United in Christ Church they attended in Ilford on December 26.
The church was described during the trial as a strict organisation with a clear social hierarchy which sees men attain ranks including "soldier" and "officer" over women who are simply known as "sisters".
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Despite extensive searches carried out by specialist teams, Joy's body has sadly never been found.
In the video, Det Supt Jo Walker, Head of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, explains the unique challenges of investigating cases where the absence of a body means that forensic opportunity is reduced.
Officers are still appealing for anyone with information about where Joy's body might be, to get in touch.
Det Supt Walker said: "We've got a family that are without their daughter's body.
"I would urge anyone that's got any information to please come forward and help us find Joy's body and get her back to her family."
If you can help, please call the non-emergency number 101.
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.