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Alice Gross suspect 'would have been charged with murder '

Arnis Zalkalns would have been charged with the murder of schoolgirl Alice Gross had he been alive today and his "most likely motive was sexual", Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers from the Metropolitan Police has said.

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Traces of Zalkalns' DNA found on Alice's shoes

Police have released pictures of the shoes Alice Gross was carrying in her rucksack when she died.

Traces of Zalkalns' DNA found on Alice's shoes. Credit: Met Police.

In a statement today, police said that though they have no eyewitness evidence that Arnis Zalkalns killed Alice, they have pieced together circumstantial DNA and other evidence that would have been enough to charge him with her murder.

Traces of Zalkans' DNA were found on the back of the shoes.

Tim Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London said he had not been asked to consider any other suspect.

The rucksack Alice was wearing when she was killed. Credit: Met Police.

The evidence as a whole gives rise to a circumstantial case that would clearly meet the full Code test. Of all the people the various strands of evidence might have implicated they in fact point towards Arnis Zalkalns: a person who has previously killed, and concealed the body of, a young woman.

I would therefore have authorised the police to charge Arnis Zalkalns with murder if he had been alive at the time of the report.

– Tim Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London

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