Chingford ‘murder’: Victim lived in woodland hut

The victim’s name and cause of death have now been revealed to the public

The police cordon near Chingford Sainsbury’s

Police have now named the man found dead near Chingford Sainsbury’s last week, in the hopes someone will come forward with information.

Officers were called to the wooded path between Sainsbury’s in Walthamstow Avenue and the nearby Morrisons shortly after 9pm on 15th February after someone reported seeing an injured man.

Tragically, by the time they and paramedics arrived, it was already too late to save 39-year-old Preda Eugene. Officers are still attempting to reach his family to inform them of the death.

In addition to releasing Preda’s name, police can also now reveal that he was killed by a head injury and was living in a hut in the wooded area before his death.

Preda Eugene (courtesy of Met Police)

The day after his body was found, a young man and woman turned themselves in at a South London police station and have since been charged with murder.

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Detective Inspector Frank Copley, said: “Although we’ve now charged two people in connection with Preda’s murder, I am still keen to hear from anyone who has information about what led up to his death.

“We know that he was living in a hut in the woodland but what happened to cause his death? Did you see him, or anyone else in the area between Saturday, 11th February, and the day he was found? Any piece of information could be vital in establishing exactly what happened.”

Anyone with information or any witnesses who are yet to speak with police are urged to call 101 quoting reference CAD 7445/15eb.

To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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