Police are satisfied the woman, whose body was discovered in a suitcase by the Thames in Barnes on Sunday, is 27 year old Adeeba Ahmed, a Pakistani national, from Langley. Next of kin have been informed. Formal identification will take place later today.
As a result of a joint operation between Thames Valley and detectives from the Metropolitan Police a 28-year-old male has een arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody at a central London police station.
Police were called at 17.06hrs on 16.2.04 to the riverside at Barnes, SW13, at Lonsdale Road at the junction with Nassau Road. A local man, who had been out for a walk, became concerned about a suitcase on the shore at the location.
The suitcase, a black case, 3’x2’x1’, was split along a seam and contained what appeared to be human remains.
Police recovered the suitcase and confirmed it contained a human body, the body was removed from the scene late on the 16th February 2004. A post mortem at Kingston Mortuary gave cause of death as manual strangulation.
Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the Incident room at Belgravia on 020 7321 9251, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
18th Janaury 2004