“Last night, 30 September, a search was carried out in the River Brent, as part of our ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Alice Gross.
Following this search we have sadly recovered a body from the water.
This is obviously a significant development and Alice’s family has been informed.
We are unable to make a formal identification at this stage, but clearly this news is devastating for everyone involved in the search for Alice.
At this time my thoughts are with Alice’s family and friends. I would ask you to respect their privacy and allow them space. This is now a murder investigation and I need the public’s help to find whoever is responsible.
I would urge anyone who may know something to come forward. Even if you have not yet spoken out it is not too late to tell us what you know.
I would like to thank the local community of Ealing who have shown huge support and patience during the course of our investigation. This discovery will have a significant impact throughout the borough.
You only need to walk around the surrounding streets to see the effect that Alice’s disappearance has had on the whole community.
Our work at this scene is crucial to ensure we capture all the available evidence allowing us to identify who is responsible for this dreadful crime.
This may take some time, and I ask people to remain patient with us.
I can confirm that significant efforts were made to conceal the body.
At this point I do not wish to speculate any further on what has happened.
Finally, I would like to reiterate my request that Alice’s family and friends are given the time to come to terms with this news. My thoughts, and those of all of us in the Metropolitan Police, are with them at this difficult time.”
Commander Graham McNulty
Commander Ealing Borough Met Police
This moves police activity into a news phase however the current reassurance and community engagement patrols and activity will continue for the foreseeable future. This is also the case in respect to the areas currently cordoned off near the Canal and River Brent, we are aware this impacts greatly with the local community and will try to keep this disruption to a minimum whilst balancing the needs of the investigation.
Once again thank you for your support.
Inspector Susan Hayward
Safer Neighbourhood Inspector
Ealing Police Station, 67-69 High Street, Ealing W5