Search

Murder detectives tell family of Dagenham man Neil Buchel about human leg find

12:30 02 April 2014

Neill Buchel has been missing since March 13

Neill Buchel has been missing since March 13

Archant

Murder detectives have told the family of a missing father-of-two about the discovery of a human leg in a Rush Green pond.

The find was made by a member of the public yesterday evening, less than two miles from the place where 39-year-old Neill Buchel was last seen on Thursday, March 13.

Lead investigator in the case, Det Ch Insp Chris Jones said it was “too early to confirm” if the find was relevant to his investigation but launched an appeal for anglers to come forward with any information.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers had informed the family of Neil, who is from Braintree Road, Dagenham, about the find.

Police retrieved the floating body part from the water at White Hart Lakes, off Chase Road, shortly after 6pm and it is currently undergoing forensic analysis.

Det Ch Insp Jones said in an earlier appeal for information about the disappearance of Neill said they believed he had “come to significant harm” adding it was likely he would have contacted family and friends if “ok”.

In a statement released today he said: “I would like to ask anybody who has used the lakes over recent weeks whether they have noticed any unusual or suspicious activity.

“Have you seen anybody putting something into the water? Have you noticed anybody who you have not seen there before?

“Any information, no matter how trivial you may think it to be, could be crucial to establishing what happened and I would urge you to speak with my team.”

Three men, two aged 35 and another aged 41, were have been arrested on suspicion of Neill’s murder and have been bailed to a date in late April.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 21:04
The former Mecca Bingo building, High Street, Hornchurch, is now owned by supermarket chain Lidl

Plans to tear down a historic art deco building and much-loved former bingo hall have been approved by a council committee tonight.

Yesterday, 18:00
Cafe assistant Charlotte Moore with Samuel, Henry and Jessica Owens and their  jelly made at the Rainham Hall event

Did you know? In the 18th century, jelly was a fashionable dish.

Yesterday, 17:51
Whybridge Infant School has had a classroom extended outside of planning permission.

The council has been accused of double standards after it pushed ahead with extending a classroom without planning permission.

Yesterday, 13:08
Pupils at Redden Court School in Romford celebrating GCSE results

The headteacher and students at Redden Court School are celebrating their “best ever” GCSE results this morning.

Yesterday, 12:53

Students and staff have been celebrating at St Edward’s Church of England School after they recorder a 15 per cent increase in A* to C grades.

Yesterday, 12:37
Students at Raphael School this morning

The headteacher of Raphael School is celebrating as his students achieved 100 per cent A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths.

Yesterday, 11:52
Police want to speak to this man

A man is being sought after a 24-year-old was punched in the face by a stranger on the 174 bus.

Yesterday, 10:50
A computer generated image of how a street in the Dovers Corner development may look. Image: Persimmon Homes

Plans to build 396 homes on an industrial estate are due to be considered by the council’s committee tonight.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now