Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as Mary Jane, has been identified as one of the women whose bodies were found in a freezer in a flat in east London
One of the women whose bodies were found in a freezer in an east London flat last week has been formally identified as a mother-of-three who has been missing since May last year.
Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as MJ, lived in the Canning Town area of London and was reported missing on May 10, 2018.
Scotland Yard has now named her as one of the two women whose bodies were found in the freezer in a flat in Canning Town last Friday morning.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: ‘We are now confident that one of the females found is MJ. As you can imagine, this is a devastating time for her family and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.
‘MJ was reported missing in May 2018. As yet we don’t know when she died; a post-mortem examination is ongoing.
‘I would appeal for anyone who knew MJ and may have information about what happened to her and in particular her association with the address in Vandrome Road where she was found to come forward.
‘Did you see her just before or maybe even after she was reported missing? What was she doing? Who was she with?’
He said efforts to identify the second body are continuing.
Before Ms Mustafa 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.’
Post-mortems are underway, but Detective Harding said they are likely to take ‘several days’ to conclude.
The mother-of-three has been missing since May 2018 and officers have now confirmed hers was one of the bodies found
Forensics officers leave the flat in Canning Town, east London, while investigating on Monday
Police on scene outside the building in Canning Town where two bodies have been found
He added: ‘Officers are working to build up a comprehensive picture of activity that took place at the address in Vandome Close.
‘They know it was a property that various people used to stay at, transient members of the community who moved from address to address. It was also frequented by drug users.’
Zarhid Younis, 34, was remanded in custody earlier this week charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.
A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday was released under investigation.