A murder investigation has been launched following the discovery of a body in Epping Forest, E11.
Following the completion on Saturday, 12 September of a post mortem examination detectives are now treating the death as murder.
An incident room is open in Barking under Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
On Wednesday, 9 September police were called by a member of the public at 19:05hrs to reports of a body, partially buried and wrapped in plastic, close to Hollow Ponds along Whipps Cross Road.
The body of a man was removed from the area on Thursday, 10 September. Next of kin have been informed.
The body was decomposed. There has been no confirmation about how long it was at the scene.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the Hollow Ponds area over the last few weeks.
DCI Piscopo said: “Hollow Ponds is a busy and popular local beauty spot, with a café and a boating lake. It is also surrounded by a number of busy roads, including Whipps Cross Road. We would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area the last several weeks, and may have witnessed any unusual or suspicious activity, to come and speak to us.”
Anyone who can assist is asked to contact the Incident Room at Barking on 020 8345 3715; or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestopers-uk.org.