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London police open murder investigation after body of French woman is found

A souvenir Union Jack flags flies in the wind as Big Ben can be seen in the background in London, Britain February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

British police said on Thursday they had launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman was found in a shallow grave in southwest London.

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, originally from France, had been missing since Monday after not turning up for work.

Her body was found in a garden in Kew on Wednesday evening.

“Although formal identification has not taken place, Laureline’s family have been informed of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers,” police said in a statement.

No arrests have yet been made.