Detectives are appealing for help in identifying a heavily decomposed body found in the Harold Hill area.

Police were alerted at 15:54 on Thursday 6/11/03 after fisherman found the body close to Benskins fishing lake off Benskins Lane, Noak Hill.

It is believed to be that of a man, aged between his late 20s and early 30s and under 6ft tall (probably between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins). It is not clear what ethnicity he is, but tests have determined he is not of Afro-Caribbean origin. He is of slim to medium build with short dark hair.

Kappa Top

He was found with a cord wrapped round his neck.

The body was wearing a Kappa short-sleeved top which was royal blue in colour. It had a white round-necked collar, a white Kappa logo on the front (two people seated back to back) and white Kappa letters. The middle ‘p’ of Kappa was missing and there were also small Kappa logos down the sleeve.

The man was also wearing blue DenimCo jeans and black Ador trainers, which appear to have white paint smears on them. He wore no socks.

The death is being treated as suspicious at this time and an incident room has opened at the Specialist Crime Directorate East under DCI Keith Garnish.

DenimCo Jeans
A PM was carried out on 9/11/03 at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford. Cause of death was given as compression of the neck consistent with ligature strangulation leading to asphyxiation. At this stage we do not believe the man took his own life.

It is believed the body had been at the scene since at least 1/9/03. DCI Garnish said: “We urgently need to identify this man so we can begin to move forward with our enquiries.

“We would ask anyone who recognises the description to contact police as soon as possible.

“We would also like anyone with information about how the man may have died or why he was in Noak Hill to come forward.

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“If you have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area please let us know. We are particularly hoping those who use the fishing lake may have seen something or have some information.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 83453715 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.