Met Probe into Irish Pensioner’s Death

Met Probe into Irish Pensioner's Death

Council reported woman missing after family called it

By Fiona O’Brien

Police have questioned a man over the case of an 85-year old Irishwoman, whose remains were found in a Shepherd’s Bush residence, 15 years after she was last seen.

The man, in his 70s was interviewed under caution in connection with preventing a lawful burial, but he was not arrested and enquiries continue.

The Metropolitan Police had been searching the property, which had been boarded up, in Tunis Road after the woman was reported missing in December – fifteen years after she was last seen when she would have been 75 years old.

She was reported missing just weeks ago after the intervention of her family in Ireland.

The Met said it is also holding an investigation into how they handled a missing persons report made in 2005.

On 25 January officers began a search of the house which, due to its condition, was expected to take some time. Its location is merely yards away from Shepherd’s Bush police station, which is on the corner where Tunis Road meets the Uxbridge Road.

Met Probe into Irish Pensioner's Death

Two days later human remains were found at the address and next of kin were informed.

A post-mortem examination was held at Uxbridge Mortuary, but no suspicious circumstances were found and the matter has been referred to Hammersmith and Fulham’s coroner.

Hammersmith and Fulham council say that her family in Ireland had reported her missing many years ago and that they had concerns about the state of the property, which was raised with the police.

The property had been boarded up weeks before police searched the site due to a rat infestation, with a sign posted on the front of the house reading: “Notice requiring steps to be taken to destroy rats or mice to keep land free from rats and mice.”

The council said it can not make any further comment due because of an active investigation into the ‘criminal matter’.

A week after the grisly discovery the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) referred the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of a missing persons report made in 2005 to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The IPPC subsequently referred the matter back to the MPS to conduct its own investigation.

Since officers are not yet making any public appeal for information, they are not confirming the identity of the missing woman, but neighbours confirmed she was Irish and Hammersmith and Fulham said it became involved after being contacted by her family in Ireland.

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