British police hunting schoolgirl's killer find body

4th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

British police searching for the Latvian prime suspect in the murder of a London schoolgirl said Saturday they may have found his body in dense woodland.

The body of 14-year-old Alice Gross was found in a river in west London on Tuesday. She had been missing since August 28 and was last seen walking along a canal towpath nearby.

The main suspect in the case is Arnis Zalkalns, 41, who served seven years in prison in Latvia for stabbing his wife to death and was last seen on September 3.

Scotland Yard said they had found a "badly decomposed" body in Boston Manor Park in west London. "Although no formal identification has been made, early indications suggest the body may be that of Arnis Zalkalns," the statement added.

The search for the schoolgirl was the biggest police operation in London since a series of suicide bomb attacks hit the capital in 2005, killing 52 people.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he would "examine all the circumstances" surrounding the murder to see if lessons could be learnt.

© 2014 AFP

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