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Victim Named as ‘Large-scale’ Murder Investigation Continues – Police Appeal for Witnesses

Published on: 27 Aug, 2021
Updated on: 28 Aug, 2021

Murder victim Helen Anderson. Photo Surrey Police

The victim in the ongoing “large-scale” murder investigation has been formally identified as Helen Anderson. 41, from Finsbury Park, London.

She has been described by her family as a “dear sister and daughter” with a “big heart”.

Her body was discovered on Monday afternoon (23 August) at around 3pm by a member of the public in undergrowth near the Stoke Interchange at the A3 junction. Police believe it had been left there about 12 hours before.

A murder investigation was swiftly launched by Surrey and Sussex’s Major Crime Team and remains ongoing.

Speaking after her death her family said: “Our dear sister and daughter has gone. We loved you. In this life you faced many challenges and still you had a big heart. Goodbye dear Helen.”

Helen’s family are being supported by specially trained officers. Her four children are being supported by family at this difficult time.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Helen’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure those responsible for Helen’s death are held to account and we are making significant progress with our enquiries.

“However, we would continue to encourage anyone who has any further information to contact us and help us with this investigation.”

The investigation is being conducted by Surrey and Sussex’s Major Crime Team. Forensic work at the site appears to have been completed and the slip road re-opened.

Detectives think that the murder was committed elsewhere and her body was brought to Guildford.

A 52-year-old man with links to the Finsbury Park area of North London was arrested on Tuesday (24 August), on suspicion of murder. A 51-year-old man from Hackney was also arrested on conspiracy to commit murder. They remain in custody.

The investigation team obtained a Section 43 warrant for further detention which will keep the suspects in custody until later tonight (August 27).

Stoke A3 slip road. The slip road surrounds an island of greenery with small trees and bushes. Google Maps.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: “From further enquiries, we believe that the body was left at the location in the early hours of Monday morning between 3am and 4.30am.

“We are appealing to the public who may have been in the area around that time and have any further information or dashcam footage to contact us as they may be able to assist us with this investigation.

DCI Vickers added: “I would also like to reassure local residents that we believe the two men we have arrested were known to the victim, and continue to reassure the Surrey public that there is a dedicated team of officers working tirelessly on this investigation to ensure that whoever is responsible for this heinous crime is brought to justice.”

A police spokesperson added: “If you saw any vehicles or person(s) behaving suspiciously in the areas and times mentioned, or if you have any dashcam, CCTV or smart doorbell footage that may help our investigation, please contact us quoting PR/45210089588 respectively, via:

“Alternatively, you can submit information through our Major Incident Public Portal here:″

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