Murder investigation launched after woman found dead in flat

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the death of a woman found dead in a flat in Bromley was deemed suspicious.

As part of the investigation, officers are appealing for help to locate a man they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 6:13pm on Sunday, 20 May to a residential address on Chatterton Road in Bromley following reports of a woman found dead.

Officers attended and found the body of a 31-year-old woman.

Her next of kin have been informed and although formal identification awaits, police are satisfied that the woman is 31-year-old Sophie Cavanagh from Bromley.

The death was initially treated as unexplained. However initial findings from the post-mortem suggest that Sophie’s death is suspicious.

The full outcome of the post-mortem is awaited.

Officers are working hard to trace the whereabouts of Sophie’s estranged husband, 34-year-old Martin Cavanagh (pictured), as a matter or urgency. He is believed to have links to south east London and the south coast.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh are investigating.

There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.

DCI Vandenbergh said: “We are working tirelessly to establish exactly what happened in the lead up to Sophie’s death and I am committed to finding the person responsible for this vicious attack.

“I would urge anyone who knows the whereabouts of Martin Cavanagh to get in touch. My advice would be not to approach him, but dial 999 or the incident room straight away.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 721 4961 or via Twitter @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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