Arrest over suitcase death

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after a woman's body was found in a suitcase in north-west London.

Man charged over suitcase murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase. 29 year-old Laszlo Gyarmati from Finchley will appear at Hendon Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

The body of 25 year-old Alexandra Kovacs was discovered in the suitcase near a sports ground in Thornfield Avenue in Hendon on Sunday afternoon.

Police believe woman in suitcase probe was 'Hungarian'

A man is being held on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in north London.

The 29-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday and is being questioned after the woman's body was discovered near a sports ground in Thornfield Avenue, Hendon, at around 5pm on Sunday.

Scotland Yard said officer believe they have identified the woman as a Hungarian national in her 20s. Next of kin have been informed, but she has not been formally identified.

A post-mortem examination was being carried out at Finchley Mortuary, but no cause of death has been confirmed.

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Suitcase body: post-mortem to take place today

A post-mortem examination will take place on the body at Finchley Mortuary this afternoon.

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher, Borough Commander for Barnet said:

"The discovery of the body of a young woman on Sunday 21 July hidden in a suitcase is a tragic and shocking thing to happen, I am sure local people will be feeling unsettled by this news.

"Crimes of this serious nature are incredibly rare in our Borough, which may only add to local concern over what has happened. I would like to reassure the local community that we are working closely with specialist homicide teams to establish the full circumstances surrounding this murder...

"...As a means of reassurance to the public within the vicinity of Thornfield Avenue officers from the Finchley Church End Safer Neighbourhoods team have increased foot and vehicle patrols and will be engaging with residents to answer any concerns and provide up to date information."

Police: we need your help on suitcase body case

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said:

"The Homicide and Serious Crime Command are still in the early stages of this investigation and urgently require the assistance of the public to help us establish the circumstances around the murder of this young woman.

"We are specifically appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious towards the latter part of last week. Did you see anyone moving a heavy black trolley type suitcase on or after the 18 July, especially around the Thornfield Avenue/Dollis Road entrance of the wooden area?

"We are also interested in hearing from anyone who is concerned about any young adult females who have gone missing from the immediate area recently.

"If you have any information that can assist us with our inquiry please do get in contact with the police".

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 0208 785 8334; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Area cordoned off where body in a suitcase found

A woman's body has been found in a suitcase hidden among trees near a sports ground in Thornfield Avenue, north London, Scotland Yard said.

The area has been cordoned off. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

The woman, who has been described as a young adult, has not yet been identified.

The surrounding area has been cordoned off.

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Police appeal after woman's body found in a suitcase

A body of a woman has been found inside a suitcase at a sports ground in Thornfield Avenue, north west London, police said today.

Police were called to search a wooded area at approximately 5pm on July 21, where officers located the suitcase.

The death is being treated as a murder by the Metropolitan Police. The woman is yet to be identified.