The remains of an unidentified person have been found in Havering, East London.
The body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning.
While formal identification is yet to occur, the police believe the victim is 21-year-old Hina Bashir, who had been reported missing from Ilford recently.
The families have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
The police said it has arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of murder, and he remains in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “My thoughts are with Hina’s family, who have suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can.
“This has been a fast-moving investigation, and a man is in custody. We are confident that this man and Hina were known to each other.
“As our investigation progresses, we will be working to develop our understanding of what happened to Hina, not just in recent days but in the weeks prior to this terrible incident.
“I would urge anyone who believes they have information which could assist us to come forward.”
Information can be provided by calling the police on 101 (reference 2674/14JUL) or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.