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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A woman who left her friend scarred for life, by throwing acid in her face, has been jailed for 12 years.
Mary Konye disguised herself in a muslim veil, as she carried out the attack on Naomi Oni in December 2012.
A woman jailed for throwing acid in the face of her friend intended to "burn and disfigure" the victim in a "callous" plan, a judge has said.
Mary Konye, 22, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after attacking her friend Naomi Oni as she travelled home from work leaving her scarred for life.
Judge David Radford said the consequences of her "wicked act have been devastating to Miss Oni".
He added that it was a "premeditated and callous" plan.
Mary Konye has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for throwing acid in the face of her friend, Naomi Oni.
A woman is due to be sentenced today for an acid attack on her friend following an argument. Mary Konye disguised herself in a Muslim veil and attacked Naomi Oni after following her home from work.
Naomi Oni, 21, was seriously burnt on her face and chest in the attack in Dagenham in December 2012.
Police are appealing for information after an explosion in a block of flats in Dagenham.
Damage was caused to the floor, door and window in a communal area of Steadman House in Uvedale Road at around 5:30am on Saturday.
The component parts of what is believed to be a grenade were recovered at the scene.
Detective Inspector Andy George from Trident's North East shootings team said:
"We are keen to speak to anyone who knows anything about this incident, or was in the vicinity of Steadman House around 5.30am last Saturday and saw anything suspicious. This device had the potential to cause serious injury and it is important that we apprehend those responsible as soon as possible."