Police Identifies Second Woman Found Dead In Freezer In East London Flat

Police have identified the second woman whose body was found in a freezer in a flat in east London last month. 

Hungarian national Henriett Szucs, 34, has been named as the second victim found at the ground-floor flat in Canning Town on April 27.

Officers broke the news to the family of the woman, who is believed to have last been heard from in the summer of 2016, over the weekend. 

On Friday, mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as MJ, was confirmed as the first victim. She had been missing since last May.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out which showed both victims suffered ‘multiple injuries’, but no formal cause of death has been established. 

Zarhid Younis, 34, who lived in the flat, appeared in court last week charged with two counts of preventing a lawful burial.

According to Facebook, Ms Szucs, who was from Miskolc, moved to Ilford in east London in May 2015. 

Police have said she had been in the UK for several years but had no fixed address. 

The defendant was not at home when police went to check up on him after concerns were raised for his welfare, Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard. 

Prosecuting, Jessica Gill said electricity at the property had failed and the freezer had therefore started to defrost.

Officers subsequently found two partially decomposed female bodies in a chest freezer.

A 50-year-old man arrested nearby on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.

At a press conference last week, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said the crime scene is ‘one of the most challenging and complex’ he has seen in 28 years.

He told reporters: ‘It’s such an unusual scene. I haven’t really seen something like this where the nature of the two bodies being frozen as they are.

‘They are clothed, which I can say, and that’s also causing a complexity to it as we wait to start a post-mortem.’

Mr Harding said there were no signs of any injuries on the women who had been fused together in the freezer.

Today Mr Haring said: ‘Now we know Henriett’s identity, we would appeal for anyone with information about her and in particular her association with the address in Vandome Close where she was found to come forward. 

‘We understand she was last heard from in the summer of 2016 when she spoke to somebody she knew in Hungary on the phone; we need to establish if that was the last known contact with Henriett and I would ask anyone who heard from her after that time to contact my team.

‘We also continue to also ask for help to piece together the last movements of MJ’s life. We need to build up a full picture of both of these women’s lives, whether they knew each other, who they associated with and what they were doing in and around Vandome Close and the Canning Town area.

‘The way in which they died is truly shocking and our heart goes out to these women’s friends and families.’ 

Before Ms Mustafa, who lived in Canning Town, was officially identified, her older sister Mel Mustafa, 47, said: ‘I wish the police would have listened to us earlier.

‘They failed and I’m not scared to admit it anymore.’

Flanked by a cousin, she told MailOnline last week: ‘It’s my baby sister… I can’t believe she is dead.’

‘She was the most kind-hearted person you could meet.

‘The police have been keeping me updated but I’ve not had any confirmation. I now have to hope that she’s still alive.’

Police said the apartment had been used by ‘transient members of the community’ and had been linked to drugs.

Mr Harding appealed for anyone who has visited the flat in the past year, or knows anyone who has, to come forward.

He said: ‘I would appeal to anyone who has visited this address over the last year, or has information about people who frequented the property, to come forward and speak to my team.

‘I am aware that casts a wide net in terms of my appeal but we do need to build up an accurate picture of life at that flat and what occurred there.’

The Metropolitan Police said it had referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in accordance with agreed protocols for the deaths of missing people. 

Credit: Daily Mail

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