The prime suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross was discovered hanged in dense woodland just four days after the teenager's body was pulled from a river, an inquest has heard
The decomposed body of convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns was found in Boston Manor Park, West London, on 4th October and was identified by dental records.
The inquiry into the 41-year-old Latvian's death was opened and adjourned today.
Coroner's officer Lana Atkinson told the court: "Mr Zalkalns was found on 4th October and his body was found suspended by his neck in dense woodland in Boston Manor Park adjacent to the canal.
"A post-mortem examination conducted on 6th October found a conditional cause of death is consistent with hanging. There is no evidence of third party involvement.
"Police are still investigating and he was identified by dental records."
The inquest has been adjourned until December.
Police have said that the post-mortem examination into the murder of 14-year-old Alice Gross has proved inconclusive.
In a statement, the Met Police said: "No cause of death has been given at this time and further tests are required."
Following yesterday's reconstruction, police have identified a new area of interest. They say they are assessing Elthorne Park, next to the River Brent, to determine if it is relevant to the investigation.
The mother of missing 14 year-old Alice Gross has sent a video message to her daughter appealing for her to come home. Alice has been missing from her home in Hanwell for a week and police say they do not know whether she has been a victim of a crime or has gone off voluntarily. Her family are very worried as she has been diagnosed with anorexia.
In the message, Rosalind Hodgkiss said her family missed her and wanted her to come home:
The Met Police has released CCTV footage of 14 year-old Alice Gross who has been missing for a week. The video was taken as she walked along the towpath next to the Grand Union Canal near Brentford Lock on the afternoon of August 28th.
Police have also found her bag which was found on a towpath next to the River Brent. They are appealing for anyone who remembers seeing her on August 28th to come forward. They also want to talk to anyone who befriended Alice at a song-writing workshop at the Camden Roundhouse last month.
You can watch the CCTV footage here:
Homicide and Major Crime Command are now leading on the investigation into the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross due to the high risk nature and concerns for Alice's welfare.
New CCTV leads today confirmed the last sighting of Alice- showing her walking alone on the Grand Union Canal tow path the day she vanished.
The investigation will continue to be supported by officers from Ealing.
The investigation into the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross continues as new CCTV leads confirm the last sighting of Alice was on a canal tow path heading towards Kew.
Alice was last seen by her family at 13:00 on Thursday August 28 when she left her home address in Hanwell. She told her family she would be home that evening, but she did not return.
She was captured on CCTV at 14:23 walking alone on the Grand Union Canal tow path in the vicinity of the Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock, heading in the direction of the River Thames.
When last seen, she was wearing dark blue jeans and a dark green lacy cardigan. She was carrying a dark rucksack and may have been wearing denim blue 'Vans' shoes and tartan-framed spectacles.
Officers continue to conduct extensive enquires, including searches and house-to-house enquiries.
Anyone who has seen Alice or has any information should call the Incident Room on 020 8358 0100 or Ealing Missing Persons Unit on 020 8246 1018 or 101. Alternatively call the charity Missing People on 116000.
The parents of a missing 14-year-old girl have made an emotional appeal for her to return as detectives continue their investigation into her disappearance.
Jose Gross and Rosalind Hodgkiss, speaking at the family home, have urged their daughter Alice Gross to make contact.
Alice's sister, Nina, has set up a Facebook page to appeal for information which can be found here:
Officers have confirmed that a line of enquiry centres on a song-writing workshop attended by Alice Gross in Camden last month.