More time granted to question four over Chatham murder

Forensic teams at scene
Image caption The body was found in the Sani Globe food shop in Luton Road

Police have been granted extra time by magistrates to question four men arrested after the body of a woman was discovered in a shop basement in Kent.

A murder inquiry was launched after the body was found on Saturday in the Sani Globe food shop in Luton Road, Chatham.

The victim has not been identified but police said the death is being linked to the disappearance of Harjit Chaggar, 69, who was last seen on 2 September,

The men were arrested in the early hours of Sunday.

Officers now have until shortly before midnight on Tuesday to interview the four after a warrant of further detention was granted at Chatham Magistrates' Court.

'Complex investigation'

They are a 28-year-old man from Gillingham, a 27-year-old man from Chatham, and two men, aged 38 and 44, from Maidstone.

Det Supt Ron Vinson, leading the investigation, said: "This is a difficult scene, it is a large premises and we have an extensive forensic team of experts working within it at the moment.

"The body has not been formally identified and we will be going down the forensic route to do this - it could take several days.

"Though no formal identification has taken place, we need to face the very strong possibility that the missing person inquiry and this murder investigation are linked.

"It is difficult to try and imagine how the family must be feeling and we are working closely with them."

Ms Chaggar was last seen leaving leaving a doctor's surgery in Magpie Hall Road.

Her family have broadcast an appeal for help in finding her.

Police said Ms Chaggar had not been in good health and her disappearance was out of character.

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