Sister of missing woman cries outside house where two bodies found in freezer


Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of two women were discovered in a freezer by police.

A 34-year-old man was taken into custody on Tuesday, one day after a 50-year-old man was held as detectives attempt to identify the victims found in a flat in Vandome Close, in Canning Town, east London.

Scotland Yard have released no further details about the women and the force said it was trying to trace and speak to their next of kin.

There are fears for Mary Jane Mustafa, 37, who was regularly seen at the house with the man who was arrested before she went missing in May, according to residents.

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TRAGIC: The sister of missing Mary Jane Mustafa cries outside the Canning Town house (Pic: MIRROR)

Canning Town freezer bodies

DISTRESS: Three women provide support for the sister (Pic: MIRROR)

And now her sister has gone to the scene and has been pictured in tears.

She is in distress and holds her hand to her face as she is comforted by three women.

Forensic investigators are continuing to search the flat today while uniformed officers were outside a house in Monk Drive, around a 10-minute walk away, where neighbours said a middle-aged man was arrested on Monday.

“I knew the girl MJ. She’s been here since she was little”


One local resident, who wanted to be named as Bud, said she had heard the man looked “shocked” when he was taken away, adding: “They arrested him, put him in the back of the van and that’s it.

“Everything goes on in there – drugs, women going in and out.

“That MJ – she used to be knock on my door. She used to go in there and all of a sudden, she disappeared off the earth.

“She looked decent. I last saw her last May before she went missing.”

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MISSING: Mary Jane has not been seen for a year (Pic: PH)

Canning Town freezer bodies

SCENE: Police have been scouring the area for evidence (Pic: SWNS)

The Metropolitan Police would not confirm whether the address is connected with the double murder probe.

The discovery of the bodies left residents in the area shaken, with one resident of the block, who did not want to be named, saying: “I’m astonished, it’s a little community.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I knew the girl MJ. She’s been here since she was little.

“We never expected this at all. We never expected bodies in there.”

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GONE: There are fears Mary Jane is one of the bodies in the freezer (Pic: PH)

Canning Town freezer bodies

GUARD: Police stand at the entrance to the crime scene (Pic: SWNS)

Officers were first called to the flat at about 11.45am on Friday following “concerns for the welfare of an occupant”.

A 49-year-old man, who has lived on the street for 18 years and did not want to be named, said he had spoken to police.

“They told me that a body had been found, they showed me a photo of a woman, but I didn’t know her,” he said.

“I’ve just heard on the news that it was two bodies. (I’m) just wondering why?”


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