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London Police Arrest Man On Suspicion Of Murder In Sabina Nessa Case

Police announced they've made one arrest and are still searching for another man in the murder of a London schoolteacher.

By Megan Carpentier
Sabina Nessa Met Police

An arrest has been made in the murder of a London schoolteacher whose death sparked more calls for an end to violence against women.

Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday that a man, age 38, had been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of Sabina Nessa, 28, and was in custody. They are still seeking another man, seen in the area of Nessa's murder on the night she disappeared. They released CCTV images of both the man and a silver car he was believed to have been driving.

Nessa left her home in South London about 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 to meet a friend at a nearby bar. (A friend told a local radio station that she was on her way to a date with someone she had known for a while, according to The Independent.)

According to police, Nessa lived about a block from the southeast side of Cator Park in the Kidbrooke area, and the bar, called The Depot, where she was meeting the friend was less than half a mile away on the north side of the park. They believe she would have been walking through the park at the time she went missing.

She never arrived to meet her friend at The Depot. Her body was discovered around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday near the OneSpace community center in the park. The Daily Mail reported that she was discovered by a dogwalker and a young woman searching for a necklace she had lost.

"Our initial enquiries suggest that this attack happened at around 20:30hrs on Friday, 17 September, a time when the park was likely being used by many people from dog walkers to joggers," Detective Inspector Joe Garrity said in a statement on Monday. He appealed for anyone who might have seen something suspicious to come forward and speak to police.

A man in his 40s was briefly arrested on Saturday after Nessa's body was discovered, but was released pending further inquiries, according to a statement by police.

An autopsy on Nessa's body was conducted on Monday but was deemed "inconclusive."

A candlelight vigil is planned in her honor on Friday in Pegler Square, near to Cator Park and The Deport.

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