A 30-year-old Indian-origin woman, who had been missing for nearly a fortnight, was found murdered on wasteland near London's Heathrow airport, with Scotland Yard on Wednesday appealing the public for information about the incident.
Pardeep Kaur was reported missing by a relative last month, after she failed to turn up for work. Metropolitan Police murder detectives took over the investigation and formally identified the body last week.
Kaur, who was married and worked as a hotel housekeeper, was last seen alive on October 16. Her body was found by police nearly a week after, during their search and it is believed she was strangled by a stranger on her way back home from work in south-west London.
Two men in their 30s arrested over the disappearance of Kaur were released without charge last week before the body was discovered on waste ground underneath a flyover in Hayes, south-west London.
A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive in establishing the cause of death and the results of further tests are awaited.