Epping Forest murder victim named

PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 15 September 2015

Police forensic teams searching Epping Forest by Hollow Ponds following the discovery of a body

Police forensic teams searching Epping Forest by Hollow Ponds following the discovery of a body


Police have named the murder victim whose body was found ‘wrapped in an Ikea’ in Hollow Ponds, Epping Forest, as Turkish national Hidir Aksakal.

Detectives are appealing for information about his last known movements.

The 53-year-old - also known as Boxer Cetin and Musa Yakut - was found in a bag close to Hollow Ponds, along Whipps Cross Road on September 9.

Mr Aksakal lived in Margate, Kent, but had close links to the Green Lanes area of Haringey, north east London, having previously resided there.

He was last seen in Green Lanes in the early hours of August 17.

Det Ch Insp Jamie Piscopo, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who saw Mr Aksakal in the area or has any information about where he went afterwards.

“Mr Aksakal was well known locally as ‘Boxer Cetin’ or ‘Cetin Boxer’ and we are hopeful that those in the Green Lanes community may have information to help with our investigation.

“People should be reassured that they can speak to us in complete confidence.”

Police were called by a member of the public on September 9 at 7.05pm to reports of a body, partially buried and wrapped in plastic, close to Hollow Ponds.

The decomposed body was removed the next day. It remains unclear how long it had been at the scene.

Some local residents claimed remains were found wrapped in a partially buried Ikea bag.

A post-mortem examination was carried out at Walthamstow mortuary on Friday. The cause of death is not being released at this stage for operational reasons.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the Hollow Ponds area over the last few weeks.

Det Ch Insp Piscopo said: “Hollow Ponds is a busy and popular local beauty spot, with a café and a boating lake.

“It is also surrounded by a number of busy roads, including Whipps Cross Road.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area in the last several weeks, and may have witnessed any unusual or suspicious activity, to come and speak to us.”

There have been no arrests at this stage.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room at Barking on 020 8345 3715; or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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