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Human remains identified as woman who vanished 6 years ago

PUBLISHED: 00:31 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Julie... vanished in 2002 from Hackney

Julie... vanished in 2002 from Hackney

POLICE have tonight identified human remains discovered in East London as those of a woman who disappeared nearly six years ago. Detectives are treating her death as suspicious after the discovery in Walthamstow. They have identified her through DNA as 33-year-old Julie Marie Dorsett, who disappeared from the Hackney area in 2002, Scotland Yard confirmed tonight (Wednesday)

Mike Brooke

POLICE have identified human remains discovered in East London as those of a woman who disappeared nearly six years ago.

Detectives are treating her death as suspicious, Scotland Yard confirmed tonight (Wednesday).

Bones from the upper body above the waist including a skull were uncovered. Several were wrapped inside a duvet.

Police are now certain, following extensive forensic examination and DNA testing, that she was 33-year-old Julie Marie Dorsett, who disappeared from the Hackney area six years ago.

Julie had been reported missing from a family friend’s home in Benthal Road in Stoke Newington on October 3, 2002.

She lived a mile away at a flat in Wren Park House, off Warwick Grove in Clapton, and vanished despite extensive searches.

A member of the public found her remains last month at Low Hall Farm allotments at Bridge Road, in Walthamstow.

A post mortem at East Ham on September 12 failed to confirm cause of death.

But it is being treated as suspicious and an incident room has been opened by the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

“We cannot confirm at this stage whether Julie has been murdered, but are treating her death as suspicious,” said Det Ins Andy Chalmers.

“We have only found her skull and bones from the top half of her body and searches continue for the rest of her remains.”

Julie’s remains were found in Walthamstow four miles from her home.

“Why was she taken there?” added the police chief. “Did anyone see anything suspicious in either area around the time that Julie disappeared?”

Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have information about what happened to Julie Dorsett in October, 2002.

They are trying to piece together events from that until the time her remains were found on August 24.

Anyone with information is being urged to call the incident room on 020-8358 0200, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

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