LONDON, UK – British police have recovered two male bodies from the River Thames while searching for a suspect in last week’s acid attack on a woman and her daughters in London.
The bodies were found on Saturday but have not been identified as 35-year-old Abdul Ezedi, who remains missing since the 31 January chemical assault in Clapham.
Ezedi was last captured on CCTV near Chelsea Bridge before exhibiting behavioural changes and disappearing. Police now believe he likely entered the river, calling it the “most probable outcome.”
The victims – a 31-year-old woman known to Ezedi and her 3 and 8-year-old daughters – suffered severe injuries in the corrosive substance attack. The woman remains critically ill and may lose eyesight.
Ezedi came to the UK hidden in a truck in 2016 and was denied asylum before a successful appeal. He was convicted of sexual offences in 2018 but avoided deportation.
Officers continue appeals to locate Ezedi but admit the fast-flowing Thames makes recovery difficult. The bodies were not directly linked to the search operation.
Police say if Ezedi entered the river, his body may take weeks to surface given the treacherous winter conditions. The case highlights concerns over asylum background checks and deportation criteria.
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