Eastenders Gemma Mccluskie
March 7, 2012 by staff
Eastenders Gemma Mccluskie, The Regents Canal near Broadway Market in Hackney, east London, where police found a headless and limbless torso, thought to be missing former EastEnders actor Gemma McCluskie.
A headless body feared to be that of the former EastEnders actor Gemma McCluskie has been recovered from a canal.
Detectives have arrested a 35-year-old man after the limbless torso was discovered in Regent’s canal in east London on Tuesday, police said.
Relatives and co-stars of McCluskie, 29, who disappeared last week, were said to be “fearing the worst” as Scotland Yard carried out forensic tests on the remains.
McCluskie played Kerry Skinner in the soap in 2001. Since her disappearance from Bethnal Green, friends had been carrying out searches across east London and handing out leaflets. Co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed for help to find her.
The torso was discovered close to Broadway market in Hackney at 2.40pm on Tuesday, the Metropolitan police said. Detectives said the arrested man remained in custody.
“At this early stage officers believe they know the identity of the victim but must await further forensic tests before formal identification can take place,” a Met spokeswoman said.
“Police were initially contacted by a member of the public who had noticed something suspicious floating in the water. The torso was recovered by divers from the Met’s marine support unit and additional searches are due to be carried out in the water.”
A post mortem examination was taking place at Poplar mortuary and an incident room was opened in Barking. Detective Inspector John Nicholson is leading the murder inquiry.
The man being questioned by police is understood to have been known to McCluskie.
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