Police Confirm Headless Corpse Found In Devon Is Missing London Woman Mee Kuen Chong
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After the discovery of a headless corpse in a seaside town in Devon on 27 June, police investigators have now confirmed that the body is that of Mee Kuen Chong, a woman who went missing from London on 11 June.
Officers confirmed that Mee, a 67-year-old who lived in the Wembley area, went missing almost three weeks ago from her home, but was discovered dead in Salcombe on 27 June.
The discovery is still being treated as an 'unexplained death' by Devon and Cornwall Police, although a police source has confirmed that the body was found without a head.
At a press conference in Totnes today, Detective Superintendent Ben Deer said that police are still conducting searches of a steep wooded area near to Bennett Road in the Devon coastal town, stating: "Police believe the body may have been there for some days."
Detective Superintendent Deer went on to say that police are seeking anyone with any information about Mee's movements from when she was last seen on 10 June until when her body was discovered, telling reporters: "We are looking to understand her movements between June 10 and June 27 when she was found."
He added: "We would appeal for witnesses and we would look for anyone to come forward with information quoting crime reference number 700 on June 27th by ringing 101 or contacting us on Crimestoppers."
In a social media post on 15 June, Brent Police wrote: "Police need your help to locate MEE (DEBORAH) CHONG who has been reported #missing from her home address in #Wembley. If seen please call 101 ref 21MIS016922."
Then, two weeks later, police in Harrow shared another appeal that read: "Police need your help to find 67-year-old Mee Chong who is #missing from her home in Wembley."
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police made a statement after the discovery of the body.
They said: "Enquiries remain ongoing into an unexplained death after a body was found in a wooded area near Bennett Road, Salcombe, on Sunday June 27.
"A number of enquiries will be carried out in Salcombe over the coming days, and it is likely that the local community will continue to see a high level of police activity.
"We thank them for their support and if anyone has any information please email [email protected] or call 101, quoting reference number 0700 of Sunday 27 June."