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Police confirm body found in Alice Gross murder inquiry is suspect

Scotland Yard said a body found in Boston Manor Park, west London, on Saturday has been formally identified as that of Arnis Zalkalns - the prime suspect in the Alice Gross murder investigation.

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Arnis Zalkaln's body found in 'densely overgrown' area

Detectives have outlined what they have described as one of the "most complex search operations" in recent times after Alice Gross was reported missing on August 28.

Police said all lines of possible evidence were pursued until the body of Latvian builder Arnis Zalkalnwas found in a "densely overgrown overgrown" area.

A police tent where the body was found. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A systematic search had been conducted of 25 square kilometres of canals, rivers and land.

The densely overgrown area where Arnis Zalkalns was discovered was one of these areas. This area had not been searched by police previously.

– Met Police statement

Officers said that recovery of the body required a "substantial removal of forestry" to enable access for forensic teams, before it was removed shortly after 10am on Sunday.

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