Detectives investigating the murder of Hina Bashir have renewed their appeals for information.
A murder investigation was launched following the discovery of a body in Folkes Lane, Upminster in the early hours of Sunday, 17 July.
While formal identification is yet to take place, the family of 21-year-old Hina Bashir, who had been reported missing on Thursday, 14 July have been informed. They are being supported by specialist officers.
A post-mortem examination was held at Queens Mortuary on Monday, 18 July. The cause of death is still under investigation.
On Monday, 18 July, Muhammad Arslan, 26 (01.09.95) of Natal Road, Ilford was charged with murder. He appeared at Stratford Magistrates’ Court later the same day where was remanded to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 20 July.
Detectives believe the man charged was known to Hina.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “My thoughts are with Hina’s family who have suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can.
“We are continuing our work to develop a full understanding of what happened to Hina, not just in recent days but in the weeks prior to this terrible incident.
“I know that Hina hadn’t been in the UK for too long. I would urge anyone who may have known her to come forward. Any information that you hold could be important to the investigation.”
Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who leads the Met’s North East Command Unit, said: “Hina lived in the Manor Park area of London. She was a Pakistani national who was studying at university in London. She also worked part-time for a security company.
“She was reported missing to police when, out of character, she did not arrive at work. A missing person investigation was launched which, very sadly, became a murder investigation after a body was found.
“I know that local people will be distressed to hear that another woman has lost her life in a shocking and violent incident in east London. My deepest condolences go out to Hina’s family at this incredibly difficult time.
“I will be engaging with local community leaders to offer my support and to re-assure them that we are doing all we can to keep our communities safe.”
Information can be provided by calling police on 101 (reference 2674/14JUL) or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.