William Saunderson-Smith murder: £150,000 in cash found

West Kensington murder victim William Saunderson-Smith
Image caption Police have asked for information about Mr Saunderson-Smith's life

Officers investigating the murder of a reclusive property developer have found £150,000 in cash at his two homes.

William Saunderson-Smith, 58, who was known as John, was found dead in Dewhurst Road, West Kensington, on 21 October.

The cash was found in bags "lying about" in the house, and at another property in nearby Sedlescombe Road.

Police say the details about the events leading to his murder remain "sketchy" are appealing for help.

Det Ch Insp Howard Groves said: "At present, details regarding Mr Saunderson-Smith's life, and the events leading up to his death, remain sketchy.

"Whilst local inquiries are ongoing, we are now extending our appeals to anyone who knew Mr Saunderson-Smith from his frequent visits to gay clubs in and around the Old Brompton Road and Kennington areas.

"This could be crucial in assisting us to build a complete picture about his life. I must stress that we are not treating this as a homophobic crime.

"However, we are keeping an open mind as to the reasons behind his murder."

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