The young woman brutally murdered in Finsbury Park has been named as 22-year-old Iuliana Tudos.
A major investigation is under way after her body was discovered in the north London park on Wednesday afternoon, several hundred metres from her home.
Iuliana was last seen by friends at around 8pm on Christmas Eve, when she went to get a bus home from Camden.
She was due to meet them at a friend’s home in Enfield, north-east London, later that evening before spending Christmas Day there, but never arrived.
Police said her next of kin, who are abroad, have been informed.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out on Thursday evening at Haringey Mortuary, with a result expected by Friday, police said.
On Thursday an area of the north-east corner of the park, close to a baseball pitch, was cordoned off as murder detectives investigated how she died.
Forensics officers marked out what appeared to be clothing scattered on the grass.
Ms Tudos’s home in nearby Upper Tollington Park was also searched by police.
Neighbour Sebastian Jonathan said: ‘She was a very nice person, young and gorgeous.
‘I met her twice when she came over for beers when we had barbecues last summer.’
Ms Tudos, who also called herself ‘Julie’, was from Moscow and worked at the World’s End pub in Camden, according to her Facebook page and neighbours.
Scotland Yard released a missing person appeal following her disappearance.
Iuliana, who police said was of Russian and Greek origin, was 5ft 1in tall with a slim build, was last seen in Camden Road. She was wearing a black and red hooded top with ‘Agnostic Front’ – the name of an American punk band – on it, with light jeans and black and white Vans shoes.
She was wearing glasses and was carrying a black and white fabric bag with ‘Fighting against Animal Testing’ written on it.
He body was found in the park shortly before 4.30pm on Wednesday.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, is leading the investigation.
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 December 24 – 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 inquiry as regards to a motive.”
Police said no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated incident room on 0208 785 8244, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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