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Alice Gross murder: Police formally identify body

2014-10-01 20:45:45

Alice Gross
Alice Gross was last seen walking along the Grand Union Canal on 28 August

A body found in a west London river is that of missing Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

The 14 year old's body was found on Tuesday night in the River Brent. She was last seen on 28 August when she left her home in Hanwell, west London.

Alice's parents say they have been "left completely devastated" and thanked the local community for its help in the search.

Her school said in a statement she was "outstanding and talented".

A post-mortem examination began earlier at Uxbridge Mortuary.

'Sweet and beautiful'

Police said: "Due to the complex nature of this investigation the post-mortem is still ongoing and will resume tomorrow."

Alice's parents Rosalind Hodgkiss and Jose Gross, said: "It is difficult to comprehend that our sweet and beautiful daughter was the victim of a terrible crime.

"Why anyone would want to hurt her is something that we are struggling to come to terms with.

"Alice was a loving and much loved daughter and sister, a quirky live spark of a girl, beautiful inside and out.

"She was a funny companion, a loyal friend, both passionate and compassionate, and so talented with a bright future ahead of her. She brought so much joy to our family and those who knew her."

Her school said in a statement she was "outstanding and talented".

Convicted murderer Arnis Zalkalns, 41, from Latvia, remains the prime suspect in the case.


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