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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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Alice's iPhone found buried in Zalkalns' garden

The cover of Alice's iPhone case was found concealed in the garden of Zalkalns house. Credit: Met Police.

Police say significant DNA evidence links Arnis Zalkalns to the murder of Alice Gross and that investigators established enough to charge him, had he been alive.

Among the evidence was an iPhone cover found concealed in his garden.

The iPhone case found buried in the garden. Credit: Met Police.

Police said it was not possible to positively identify it by a reference to a serial number as it does not have one, but Alice's sister is confident it is hers.

The iPhone case as found in a narrow void in the read of the garden. Credit: Met Police.

The cause of Alice's death was "compressive asphyxia", police said. Zalkalns was found hanged in October last year, and police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

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