Police launch murder investigation after Croydon man goes missing 

Police have launched a murder investigation following the disappearance of Justin Henry. Pic: @5starstunner1 on Instagram

Police have launched a murder investigation following the disappearance of Justin Henry, who was last seen in Croydon on October 15. 

Henry, 34, was captured on CCTV in his car getting food from a drive-through McDonalds on London Road, Croydon, after stopping by his partner’s home in Brixton, where he was last seen in person. 

He was reported missing the following day.  

In its latest statement, the Metropolitan Police said that the forensic evidence it had gathered and the circumstances around Henry’s disappearance suggest he had come to serious harm or may have been murdered.  

Detective Chief Inspector Mat Wood said: “Sadly, yesterday we had to inform Mr Henry’s family that we are treating his disappearance as a murder investigation.  

“You can only imagine how devastating this will be for all those who love and care for him.” 

Enquiries have led the police to believe Henry drove from the London Road McDonalds to nearby Waddon New Road, where his silver Mercedes remained for approximately two-and a-half hours. 

The car was later located on October 16 in Kingswood Drive, SE19. 

It is unclear who was driving the vehicle when it arrived at Kingswood Drive shortly after 1:00am on October 16, due to grainy CCTV, but Justin’s family have said that it was not him. 

A 27-year-old woman, who was arrested on October 18 on suspicion of kidnapping, has been releasedon bail pending further enquiries, to a date in mid-January 2024. 

Officers have conducted forensic examination of an unknown address in Croydon, as well as Henry’s car.  

Wood added that police are actively appealing to the public for any information that might help the case.

Henry is believed to have links to the SE23 area.  

Witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter/X @MetCC, quoting ‘Operation Ashgulf’ or ‘CAD 5224/21Oct’. 

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