Body in suitcase horror: DID YOU SEE LEAH?
PUBLISHED: 16:11 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010
THIS is the first image of a care worker whose badly decomposed body was found in a locked suitcase and dumped in a pond. On Tuesday the Metropolitan Police launched a murder investigation after the body of Leah Questin, 37, originally from the Philippin
THIS is the first image of a care worker whose badly decomposed body was found in a locked suitcase and dumped in a pond.
On Tuesday the Metropolitan Police launched a murder investigation after the body of Leah Questin, 37, originally from the Philippines, was identified.
She was discovered by a dog walker in a dried out pond known as the 'old pond' on farmland off Buckland Road, Cliffe, near Gravesend, last Thursday.
Yesterday police continued to question a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder but appealed for information as thy revealed CCTV images of her final movements.
It took forensic experts less than a week to discover her identity, having released a brief description of the victim and carried out extensive tests.
Landowner Jaspar Wright, who owns Buckland Farm, where the body was discovered, said: "It's my land and it's very shocking.
"You don't expect something like this to happen."
Resident Janet Crayford added: "I've never heard of anything like this happening around here.
"People do tend to dump stuff down there, you get a bit of fly-tipping. I couldn't believe it when I heard, it's awful."
Leah Questin had been reported missing to the Missing Persons Unit at Brent by a friend overnight on September 16 and 17, having last been seen at her home in Sneyd Road, north west London.
Detective Chief Inspector, Peter Lansdown, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, based at Hendon, said: "As a result of enquiries into Leah's disappearance, we have established through CCTV footage, that she travelled alone on the 172 bus in the area of Elephant and Castle and was heading south.
"She boarded this bus on the New Kent Road shortly after exiting Elephant and Castle underground station.
"It is still not clear where she was heading to."
He added: "We also need to hear from anyone who may have seen her after September 12 and up until her body was found as we need to understand where she was going, who she was meeting and how she came to be murdered."
Leah is 4ft 11in with a petite build. She has a light complexion and long black hair and was wearing a red top and blue jeans.
A post mortem was carried out on Friday and the results were inconclusive so forensic tests are continuing to establish the cause of death.
DCI Peter Lansdown added: "I appeal to anyone who saw Leah in south east London or on the 172 bus or its route on Saturday 12 September to contact us.
"We continue to liaise with our colleagues at Kent Constabulary and I would like to thank them for their work during the early stages of this enquiry."
Kent Police initially investigated the mysterious find as they sought to identify the woman.
They believe she had been murdered somewhere else, possibly more than two weeks before the discovery. She was then dumped in the black locked suitcase in the late afternoon of Sunday September 20.
Last Thursday a suspicious dog walker called police after finding the suitcase in the dried out pond.
A day later police revealed an unidentified body had been found inside and at the weekend released a brief description appealing for help from the public and appeals for those who had reported loved ones or friends fitting the description as missing.
*A 35 year-old-man was arrested at 6am on Tuesday on suspicion of murder at an address in Malpas Road Lewisham SE4.
He remains in custody at a north London police station.
Call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.