More remains of murdered Croydon woman found in Mitcham River

Human remains found in the River Wandle in Mitcham have been confirmed as those of a Croydon woman who was murdered.

Human remains were discovered in the water in Mitcham by members of the public yesterday (May 21).

Police were called to the scene on Rawnsley Avenue, which is next to the River Wandle in Ravensbury Park, at around 2.18pm.

Police have now confirmed they were those of 38-year-old Sarah Mayhew, whose remains were previously discovered in Rowdown Fields, New Addington, on April 2.

Arms, legs and a head were later found nearby and identified as belonging to Ms Mayhew through her DNA.

The police were there at the time and continued to search for the victim’s torso.

Gemma Watts, 48, and Steven Sansom, 44, were arrested on April 6 and later charged with her murder and preventing her from being given a lawful and decent burial.

The Old Bailey heard that both she and Sansom allegedly killed Ms Mayhew at a residential property on the night of March 8.

Judge Katz set a plea hearing for June 27 and a four-week preliminary trial from February 17 next year.

Detective Inspector Martin Thorpe, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts go out to Sarah’s family. We will continue to offer our support as our investigation progresses.

“I expect my officers to remain in the area for some time as they carry out important work on site.

“Two people arrested, who were known to Sarah, were later charged with her murder. We are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with her death. Investigations are ongoing.”

Anyone with information that could help the investigation and who has not yet spoken to police is asked to call 101, quoting reference 1656/02 Apr.

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