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Manhunt as Earl's Court prostitute Maria Duque-Tunjano killed

  • 3 February 2014
  • From the section London
Maria Duque-Tunjano
Image caption Maria Duque-Tunjano died from being hit over the head with a blunt object

A man suspected of murdering a west London sex worker and attacking another is being hunted by police.

The body of Maria Duque-Tunjano, 48, was in a flat in Earl's Court for several days before it was found on 31 January. She died from head injuries.

Police have said they are looking for Robert Richard Fraser, also known as Robert Aleem or Shia Robert Jackson.

They are linking the killing to another attack on a sex worker in Paddington, west London, on 18 January.

The woman, aged in her 20s, was assaulted and robbed by a man on 18 January. She was not seriously injured.

Image caption Robert Richard Fraser is also known as Robert Aleem or Shia Robert Jackson

Ms Duque-Tunjano had also been robbed of cash, police believe.

A post-mortem examination found she died from being hit over the head with a blunt object. Her next of kin have been informed.

Ms Duque-Tunjano was a British national originally from Colombia who lived in Streatham. She used the Earl's Court flat for work.

Det Ch Insp Nicola Wall said: "We have established that Maria was last seen alive on Tuesday 28 January.

"We also understand she was in the company of a man and our primary focus is to trace him as part of this investigation.

"It is imperative that we trace him as soon as possible.

"We have spoken to organisations with links to those who work in the sex industry to make them aware of this incident and pass on the message that personal safety of sex workers is of paramount importance."

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