Body found in woods could be missing student Joy Morgan
PUBLISHED: 14:35 07 October 2019
A body found in woodland could be murdered student midwife Joy Morgan who was last seen in Ilford, police have said.
The discovery comes nearly eight months after a group of police officers with sniffer dogs scoured grassland and woodland in the Norton Green area of Stevenage in a bid to find the body of Ms Morgan, who was last seen alive leaving a church in Ilford on Boxing Day 2018.
Officers were called by a member of the public at 7.43am on Saturday, October 5, to reports they had found what they suspected to be a human body in woodland off Chadwell Road.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire police said: "Officers are still in attendance at the scene.
"No identification has been made at this time but officers are exploring a line of inquiry that it could be Joy Morgan, who was reported missing in February.
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"Joy's family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.
"They have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time."
A post-mortem is due to take place tomorrow (Tuesday, October 8).
Ms Morgan, 20, who was studying midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire, was reported missing on February 7.
Shofah El-Israel, of Cricklewood, north London, was found guilty of her murder and sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison on August 5 this year, when Judge Michael Soole referred to the 40-year-old's "cruel and cowardly silence about Joy Morgan's final resting place".