Essex police launch investigation after man’s body found in woodland

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Police have launched an investigation after a man’s body was found in a woodland area of Loughton, in Essex. Officers are treating the death as suspicious, and are appealing for information. 

In a statement this evening, Essex Police said it had received calls of concern for the welfare of a man at around 11.55am this morning. 

The man was said to have been found on land near the Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, which sits near Debden Underground station and the M11.

Police said that the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Superintendent Rob Kirby, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We have been carrying out enquiries throughout the day and based on these we believe this man’s death is suspicious.

“A team of specialist detectives and staff are working around the clock to establish the circumstances around his death and we need anyone who saw or heard anything to come forward.

“In particular, I need anyone who saw a vehicle or any suspicious activity late last night or in the early hours of today to contact us.”

Essex Police said this evening that road closures on Oakwood Hill remained in place while investigations on the scene continued, and that access to the industrial estate was limited.

DS Kirby explained: “We have closed part of Oakwood Hill to allow our investigations to continue. There is no access to the industrial estate via Chigwell Lane, however it can be access via Roding Road.

“While we don’t believe this will cause significant impact over the weekend, it may cause disruption at the beginning of next week as the industrial estate re-opens for business.

“Diversions will be in place and we appreciate your understanding patience while we carry out our enquiries at the scene.”

Anyone with information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage that may be relevant to the investigation has been asked to contact Essex Police, quoting incident reference number 513 of October 15.

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