Body of murdered primary school teacher left undiscovered for hours after her death

The body of murdered primary school teacher Sabina Nessa was not found until hours after her death, the Metropolitan Police said today.

The 28-year-old was found dead in Cator Park near her home in Kidbrooke on Saturday, though police believe she was murdered on Friday night.

Detective Superintendent Luke Marks said there was a “short delay” in finding the body because it was “not on the main walkway” – it was found by a member of the public the morning after the attack.

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Speaking at the Met’s New Scotland Yard headquarters, he said: “It wasn’t on the main walkway in the park, so that was the reason for the small delay in Sabina being found.”

He appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the park, and for any motorists with dashcam footage from surrounding roads to contact police.

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Det Supt Marks said: “We are horrified by the shocking murder of Sabina Nessa, and our thoughts remain with her family and friends.

“Today we are asking you, the public, for your help with this investigation.

“We believe that Sabina was attacked at around 8.30pm last Friday as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke.

“This did not happen in the middle of the night; people would have been in and around the park at the time.”

He added that patrols in the area had been increased and all Londoners should not have to be concerned about being a victim of violent crime.

A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of murder but has been released under investigation.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Greenwich Mortuary on Monday found the cause of Ms Nessa’s death as inconclusive.

Sabina Nessa, from Kidbrooke, has been remembered by Lisa Williams, the head teacher of Rushey Green Primary School in Lewisham where she worked, as “brilliant”, “kind” and “caring”.

Mrs Williams said: “We are devastated by Sabina’s tragic death.

“She was a brilliant teacher; she was kind, caring and absolutely dedicated to her pupils.

“She had so much life ahead of her and so much more to give and her loss is desperately sad.

“As a school we are supporting each other through this very difficult time, and we will be providing specialist support to those who need it.”

Nessa’s alma mater, the University of Greenwich, today said they were “deeply saddened” after learning of her death.

Anyone with information or any witnesses can call police on 101, reference 5747/18

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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