A murder investigation is under way after a woman’s body was found in a shallow grave in a garden in Kew, southwest London.

Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, from nearby Richmond, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on Monday, according to the Metropolitan Police.

On Wednesday evening, officers found a body in a shallow grave in a garden in Darell Road, Kew.

Police activity at a property on Darell Road in Kew
Image: Police forensic officers at a property on Darell Road in Kew

A forensic crime scene is now in place.

Scotland Yard said Ms Garcia-Bertaux’s family have been told of the discovery.

There have been no arrests and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

:: Police are appealing to witnesses to call them on 101 or contact Crimestoppers to provide information anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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