Essex Police launch murder investigation after human remains found in Oakwood Pond in Harlow

Crime / Tue 3rd Jan 2023 pm31 03:17pm

ESSEX Police has launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Oakwood Pond, Harlow/

Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby, Head of Major Crime at Essex Police held a press conference outside Harlow Police Station on Tuesday afternoon.

DS Kirby informed the press that a large team would be working round the clock on the investigation.

He explained that there were many aspects of the investigation that were “too early to tell” such as sex and ethnicity of the body but he stressed that this was “somebody’s relative”.

Essex Police also revealed that they were planning to “drain the pond” and so they may remain at Oakwod Pond for several days.

Film of the press conference is below.

Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby, Head of Major Crime, said: “Through our enquiries at the scene and due to the circumstances in which the remains have been found, we believe this person’s death is suspicious and, as such, have started a murder investigation.

“The investigation is in the early stages and we have a large team of dedicated officers working around the clock on it.

“Specialist officers have been carrying out searches in the area and will continue to do so over the coming days.

“This includes looking to drain the pond to identify any potentially crucial evidence.

“We are working closely with the Environmental Agency and Harlow District Council in order to ensure there is no detrimental effect on the wildlife.

Det Supt Kirby added: “This person is someone’s loved one and someone’s family member, and they will have questions about how and why they were killed.

“We’re committed to finding out what happened and who is responsible, and have a track record of holding criminals to account.

“If you live or work in the area, you will also continue to notice an increased police presence while we carry out door-to-door enquiries.

“We appreciate that this news has been concerning but we are doing everything possible to determine what has happened.”

If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.

Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services.

Alternatively you can call us on 101.

In an emergency always call 999.

If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

Please quote incident 582 of 31 December when providing any information to make sure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible.

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2 Comments for Essex Police launch murder investigation after human remains found in Oakwood Pond in Harlow:

David Forman
2023-01-04 14:28:32

The police mean to say they are 'leaning' on all their paid informants in the hope that someone grasses, especially if they are in a coked-up state and not rational enough to work out they will be next to sleep with the fishes. Maybe, I am just being cynical?

2023-01-06 01:36:02

I hope they refill the pond. That was a lovely little spot.

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