Homicide detectives confirmed the identified one of the women found in a freezer in Canning Town. after police were called on 26 April to the flat in Vandome Close E16 following concerns for the welfare of a male occupant.
Mihrican Mustafa, aged 38, also known as MJ or Mary Jane. The mother-of-three had been reported missing to Newham police on 10 May 2018 and work had been ongoing to trace her. She lived in/frequented the Canning Town area.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “We are now confident that one of the females found is MJ. As you can imagine, this is a devastating time for her family and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.
“MJ was reported missing in May 2018. As yet we don’t know when she died; a post-mortem examination is ongoing.
“I would appeal for anyone who knew MJ and may have information about what happened to her and in particular her association with the address in Vandrome Road where she was found to come forward. Did you see her just before or maybe even after she was reported missing? What was she doing? Who was she with?
Enquiries continue to identify the second female found at the address. Post-mortem examinations are underway but are likely to take several days to conclude.
Police have arrested two men, Zarhid Younis, 34 (07.08.84), of Vandome Close, E16 was charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body x 2; he will next appear at Kingston Crown Court on 29 May.
And A 50-year-old man not named was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday, 29 April, has been released under investigation.
Officers are working to build up a comprehensive picture of activity that took place at the address in Vandome Close. They know it was a property that various people used to stay at, transient members of the community who moved from address to address. It was also frequented by drug users.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205, via @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.