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Police appeal after dismembered body lake discovery

Police have appealed for information after a dismembered body was found in a lake in east London.

Officers investigating a severed leg floating in White Hart Lakes in Dagenham have now recovered a complete body and believe it is the remains of 39-year-old Neil Buchel.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones said:

I would like to ask anybody who has used the lakes recently if they have noticed anything unusual.

In particular any local anglers who may have seen any suspicious activity or any new faces not usually present at the lakes.

Police believe leg found in lake belongs to missing man

Police investigating the discovery of a human leg in a lake have now recovered a whole body and believe them to belong to a missing 39-year-old man.

Neil Buchel was reported missing in March. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A complete body was removed from White Hart Lakes in Dagenham and detectives said they are confident the parts belong to Neil Buchel.

The severed leg was originally found by a member of the public on Wednesday.

Mr Buchel had not been seen since March 13 and police had described his disappearance as "out of character".


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Angler who discovered severed leg 'still in shock'

Police divers from marine support unit are continuing to search the lake in Dagenham where a severed human male leg was discovered.

One of the anglers who made the gruesome discovery at White Hart Lakes says he is "still in state of shock"

He described flipping it over with a stick before he realised what it was.

Detectives are stlll looking into the possibility that the severed limb may be linked to the disappearance of Neil Buchel.

Police appeal to fishermen after finding leg remains

Police have appealed to local anglers and fishermen for information following the discovery of a human leg in a lake in Dagenham.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:

I would like to ask anybody who has used the lakes over recent weeks whether they have noticed any unusual or suspicious activity.

Have you seen anybody putting something into the water? Have you noticed anybody who you have not seen there before? Any information, no matter how trivial you may think it to be, could be crucial to establishing what happened and I would urge you to speak with my team.

Anyone with information have been urged to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Missing man's family informed of body part discovery

The family of Neil Buchel have been informed of the discovery of a human leg in a lake in Dagenham although police said it was too early to confirm if the find is linked.

The 39-year-old went missing from Braintree Road, Dagenham, on March 13 and further enquiries by police raised suspicions around the circumstances of his disappearance.

Neil Buchel Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police said Mr Buchel was involved in an altercation with a group of males on the day of his disappearance.

He then returned with others to an address in Stansgate Road and has made no contact with family - including his estranged partner and two daughters - since.

Three men arrested in the murder investigation have previously been bailed.


Remains of human leg found in Dagenham lake

Remains of a human leg have been found in a lake in Dagenham, police have said.

Police were called to White Hart Lakes, near Chase Road after a member of the public reported seeing an item floating in the water.

Initial indications revealed that the item is part of a human leg but further forensic analysis is being conducted.

Police investigating the disappearance of Neil Buchel, 39, of Dagenham, are aware of the discovery and have informed his family although officers said it was too early to say whether the find is linked.

Police appeal for help to find Newham escapee

Mark Davis escaped his guard at Newham General Hospital this morning Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has absconded from police custody at Newham General Hospital this morning.

Mark Davis, aged 26, was arrested by Essex Police in connection with a burglary in Dagenham on 25 February this year. He was then taken into custody in Barking on 29 March.

While in custody Davis claimed to be suffering from stomach pain and was taken to Newham General Hospital as a precaution. When leaving the hospital Davis escaped his guard and his whereabouts are now unknown.

Davis is known to have links to the Basildon area.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mark Davis should contact police in Barking and Dagenham by dialling 999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The public are asked not to approach Mark Davis but to contact police immediately.

3 men bailed after Dagenham man reported missing

Three men arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Dagenham man have been bailed.

Neil Buchel, 39, went missing from Braintree Road on Thursday 13th March and was reported missing to police on Tuesday, 18 March.

Neil Buchel went missing from Dagenham on Thursday 13th March Credit: Metropolitan police

Mr Buchel was with a friend in Heath Park, Dagenham when they became involved in a verbal altercation with another group of men.

Police were called and a 41-year-old male arrested on suspicion of public order offences. He was subsequently issued with a penalty notice for disorder.

Mr Buchel then returned to an address in Stansgate Road and since then he's made no contact with his friends or family, including his estranged partner and two daughters.

The men aged 35, 41 and 35, who were arrested on suspicion of murder, have been bailed to a date in late April.

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