UPDATE: We can confirm that a man has now been arrested in connection with the death of Iuliana Tudos. Much of the police cordon in Finsbury Park has been removed, and the rest of it is expected to be removed by the end of the day.
We are shocked and desperately sad to hear the news of a young woman, Iuliana Tudos, found dead in Finsbury Park, believed to have been murdered on Christmas Eve. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family at this time.
I was informed of the news by a member of the Metropolitan Police who reached out to the Friends of Finsbury Park to explain to us the situation. The section of the park near the playing field is expected to be closed for a number of days while evidence gathering takes place. We will be liaising with the police again soon as their investigation develops. I would like to reiterate the Met’s appeal to local residents and park users to come forward if they have any relevant information which could assist their investigation. Please see the police’s briefing below to find out how to do this.
If you would like to lay any flowers in remembrance of Iuliana, the park warden has arranged for this to take place in the park by the main gate at Endymion Road.
Simon Hunt – Chair, Friends of Finsbury Park
A young woman whose body was found after Christmas in Finsbury Park, north London, has been named by police as Iuliana Tudos.
Detectives launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body by a member of the public at 16:25hrs on Wednesday, 27 December. The 22-year-old was found near the sports area in the centre of the park.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and Iuliana was prounounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin, who are currently abroad, have now been informed.
A post-mortem examination took place at Haringey Mortuary on Thursday, 28 December which gave cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury.
No arrests have been made and a crime scene remains in place.
DCI Nicola Wall, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, appealed to the public to come forward with any information they may have that could help officers.
She said: “Iuliana’s body was discovered in an outbuilding next to a sports pitch. We believe that she may have been attacked on Saturday, 24 December – Christmas Eve – but we want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in that part of Finsbury Park over the Christmas period.
We are still trying to piece together a timeline of events and are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry as regards to a motive”
Anyone with information is requested to call the dedicated incident room on 0208 785 8244, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.