Canning Town freezer bodies: Woman identified as Mihrican Mustafa

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image captionPolice say one of the women found in a flat in east London was mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa

A woman who was found in a freezer along with another female has been formally identified as mother-of-three Mihrican Mustafa.

The two bodies were found frozen, clothed and on top of each other at the flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, east London, on 26 April.

The Met confirmed they had been able to identify the 38-year-old but have not yet identified the other woman.

A man has been charged with two counts of preventing a lawful burial.

Zahid Younis, 34, of Vandome Close, is due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on 29 May.

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image captionThe two bodies were found in Canning Town on 26 April

Ms Mustafa, who was also known as MJ, had been reported missing on 10 May last year, according to police.

Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said investigators did not yet know how she died, adding post-mortem tests were "ongoing".

He said the death had been "devastating" for the 38-year-old's family and urged anybody who knew what happened to her to come forward.

He added that since Ms Mustafa was a missing person, the Met had referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct "in accordance with agreed protocols".

A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released while inquiries continue.

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