Mother-of-three identified as one of two women found inside freezer

Mother-of-three, 38, is confirmed as one of two women whose bodies were found inside freezer in east London flatMihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as Mary Jane, lived in Canning Town in London Mary Jane was a mother-of-three and was reported missing on May 10 last year Police confirmed she is one of the bodies they found in…


Mother-of-three, 38, is confirmed as one of two women whose bodies were found inside freezer in east London flat

  • Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as Mary Jane, lived in Canning Town in London 
  • Mary Jane was a mother-of-three and was reported missing on May 10 last year 
  • Police confirmed she is one of the bodies they found in a freezer in east London 
  • Zarhid Younis, 34, was charged with two counts of preventing burial of a body

Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as Mary Jane, has been identified as one of the women whose bodies were found in a freezer in a flat in east London

Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as Mary Jane, has been identified as one of the women whose bodies were found in a freezer in a flat in east London

One of the women whose bodies were found in a freezer in an east London flat last week has been formally identified as a mother-of-three who has been missing since May last year. 

Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as MJ, lived in the Canning Town area of London and was reported missing on May 10, 2018.  

Scotland Yard has now named her as one of the two women whose bodies were found in a freezer in a flat in Canning Town last Friday morning. 

The other woman has yet to be identified. 

Zarhid Younis, 34, was remanded in custody earlier this week charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

A 50-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday was released under investigation.

Local residents previously said Ms Mustafa had been seen at the flat – known as ‘the local crack den’ – before she went missing. 

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: ‘We are now confident that one of the females found is MJ. 

‘As you can imagine, this is a devastating time for her family and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.

‘MJ was reported missing in May 2018. As yet we don’t know when she died; a post-mortem examination is ongoing.

‘I would appeal for anyone who knew MJ and may have information about what happened to her and in particular her association with the address in Vandrome Road where she was found to come forward. 

The mother-of-three has been missing since May 2018 and officers have now confirmed hers was one of the bodies found

The mother-of-three has been missing since May 2018 and officers have now confirmed hers was one of the bodies found

The sister of Mary Jane Mustafa, second from the right, visited the scene in east London where two women's bodies were found, before she was identified

The sister of Mary Jane Mustafa, second from the right, visited the scene in east London where two women’s bodies were found, before she was identified

‘Did you see her just before or maybe even after she was reported missing? What was she doing? Who was she with?’  

DCI Harding had previously said identification could take days as the crime scene is ‘one of the most challenging and complex’ he has seen in 28 years.

Mary Jane Mustafa had been linked to the flat where the bodies were found before she was identified

Mary Jane Mustafa had been linked to the flat where the bodies were found before she was identified

He told reporters: ‘It’s such an unusual scene. I haven’t really seen something like this where the nature of the two bodies being frozen as they are.

‘They are clothed, which I can say, and that’s also causing a complexity to it as we wait to start a post-mortem.’

Mr Harding said there were no signs of any injuries on the women and he explained it was too complex to say whether they were ‘whole’. 

Before Ms Mustafa was officially identified, her older sister Mel Mustafa, 47, said: ‘I wish the police would have listened to us earlier. 

‘They failed and I’m not scared to admit it anymore.’ 

Flanked by a cousin, she told MailOnline last week: ‘It’s my baby sister… I can’t believe she is dead.’ 

‘She was the most kind-hearted person you could meet.

‘The police have been keeping me updated but I’ve not had any confirmation. I now have to hope that she’s still alive.’ 

Forensics officers leave the flat in Canning Town, east London, while investigating on Monday

Forensics officers leave the flat in Canning Town, east London, while investigating on Monday

Police on scene outside the building in Canning Town where two bodies have been found

Police on scene outside the building in Canning Town where two bodies have been found

The bodies were found in 50 Vandome Close. Police began searching another property

The bodies were found in 50 Vandome Close. Police began searching another property

Mary Jane’s cousin Ceylon Sunda added: ‘The whole family are upset.’

Another cousin Ayse Hussein said: ‘It’s a horrible waiting game. If that is not my cousin then it’s someone else’s child. It’s just terrible.’

Police said the apartment had been used by ‘transient members of the community’ and linked to drugs. 

DCI Harding added: ‘Officers are working to build up a comprehensive picture of activity that took place at the address in Vandome Close. 

‘They know it was a property that various people used to stay at, transient members of the community who moved from address to address. It was also frequented by drug users.’

A police cordon remains in place at a flat in east London where two bodies were found

A police cordon remains in place at a flat in east London where two bodies were found

A police forensics tent has been put in the back garden of the property in Canning Town

A police forensics tent has been put in the back garden of the property in Canning Town

The new property being searched is less than half a mile away. Police stood on guard today

The new property being searched is less than half a mile away. Police stood on guard today

The new property being searched is less than half a mile away. Police stood on guard yesterday

On Monday evening, detectives arrested a 50-year-old man, named locally as Ted Jolly. 

Ms Mustafa’s sister confirmed Mary Jane had been friends with Mr Jolly before she went missing.

Police searched a property, understood to be Mr Jolly’s home, less than half a mile from where the bodies were found. 

The 50-year-old was later released under investigation.

Scotland Yard refers itself to police watchdog after frozen body identified as missing mother 

Ms Mustafa, a 38-year-old mother, went missing a year ago. She was last seen on a London bus

Ms Mustafa, a 38-year-old mother, went missing a year ago. She was last seen on a London bus

Scotland Yard has referred itself to the police watchdog after detectives identified one of two women whose bodies were found in a chest freezer as a missing mother-of-three.

Mihrican Mustafa, 38, who was also known as Mary Jane and MJ, disappeared last May.

The Metropolitan Police said on Friday evening she was one of two women discovered by police in a freezer in a ground floor flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, east London, a week ago.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: ‘We are now confident that one of the females found is MJ. As you can imagine, this is a devastating time for her family and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.

‘MJ was reported missing in May 2018. As yet we don’t know when she died, a post-mortem examination is ongoing.’

Scotland Yard said the force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because the victim was a missing person.

Before Ms Mustafa was officially identified, her older sister Mel Mustafa, 47, said: ‘I wish the police would have listened to us earlier. They failed and I’m not scared to admit it anymore.’

Zahid Younis, 34, who lived in the flat, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body on or before April 27.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Kingston Crown Court on May 29.

A murder probe continues and detectives are working to identify the second woman.

Mr Harding added: ‘I would appeal for anyone who knew MJ and may have information about what happened to her, and in particular her association with the address where she was found, to come forward.

‘Did you see her just before or maybe even after she was reported missing? What was she doing? Who was she with?’

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Mother-of-three, 38, identified as one of two women found inside freezer in east London flat 

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