London murder hunt: Met Police hunt killer after woman's body found in bushes

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Maria Jane Rawlings, 45, was found dead by a dog walker in east London on Tuesday. The man who discovered the body was out walking his dog in Little Heath, Romford. Ms Rawlings family are “distraught” by the news. Met Police have launched a murder investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector David Hillier is leading the investigation and said: “My team and I are working around the clock, following a number of enquiries in our work to establish what happened to Maria.

“Her family are understandably distraught and we are doing all we can to help them as they begin to come to terms with their loss.

“Now I am asking for the public to help us. I want to hear from anyone who knew Maria and knows about where she had been and who she had been associating with.

“Have you seen her in the area in the company of another person? Had you recently heard or seen a disturbance or struggle in the area but did not think it significant at the time?

“You might have dash cam or doorbell footage that could have captured her – please think carefully and, if you can help, contact police.”


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