Carole Waugh killed by stab wound

The body of a woman found in a lock-up garage in London is that of missing oil executive Carole Waugh, police confirm.

A post-mortem examination found that Miss Waugh, 50, of Harrowby Street, Marylebone, died from a stab wound to the body.

Her body was found in a blue VW Golf at a lock-up garage at Lime Court in New Malden, south-west London, on Thursday.

Police said she had been dead "for some time". A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

He was detained at Luton airport on Tuesday on suspicion of kidnap and conspiracy to defraud, but subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.

A warrant to detain him further was granted at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Thursday, police said.

Ten people have been arrested over Miss Waugh's disappearance.

At least three women have tried to pose as her since she vanished, police said.

The lock-up, where the body was found, is in a row of garages behind two detached 1930s-built houses in Kingston.

There is a police cordon in place on the driveway leading to the garages.

Det Ch Insp John McFarlane, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "The vehicle is a blue VW Golf, registration number W466 NHL.

Image caption A body was found in a row of garages in New Malden

"We need to hear from anyone with information on the car, particularly since April this year.

"Anyone who can assist us on where it has been since then, or can advise on anyone with a connection to it, should come forward."

Matt Elcox, 17, who lives in nearby Lime Grove, said: "I was woken by the sound of police cars coming and going late last night.

"It is surprising because you don't see much activity around the garages and certainly nothing suspicious."

'Significant plundering'

Concerns were raised when a man tried to sell her flat by posing as her brother.

Suspicious financial transactions running to thousands of pounds have been made using her identity since she has been missing.

Image caption Cartier jewellery has gone missing from Miss Waugh's home in London

A number of personal possessions, including Cartier jewellery, have gone missing from Miss Waugh's flat in central London and "significant plundering of her estate has taken place", police said.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation arising from transactions associated with Miss Waugh's identity.

Miss Waugh, who was originally from Durham, was reported missing by her family on 7 May.

She had lived and worked in Libya for a number of years, but returned to London in 2008.

Her former boss, Stuart Anderson, said she had fled Libya after being threatened by someone in Muammar Gaddafi's regime, but police said inquiries were focused in London.

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