Colindale allotment murder: Detectives searching for missing keys

PUBLISHED: 09:35 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 30 March 2017

Lea Adri-Soejoko. (Picture: Met Police)

Lea Adri-Soejoko. (Picture: Met Police)


Detectives investigating the murder of an elderly woman whose body was discovered in an allotment in Sheaveshill Avenue are renewing appeals for information and specifically wish to speak with anyone who owns a plot there.

The body of 80-year-old Lea Adri-Soejoko - also well-known by her maiden name of Lea Hulselmans - was found at the site half an hour after she was reported missing in the early hours of Tuesday, February 28.

There are approximately 90 plots on the allotments and many of the owners are yet to come forward.

Police are also on the lookout for a set of keys belonging to Ms Adri-Soejoko which are still missing more than a month on.

Officers attended the allotments shortly after 2am as part of their search for the grandmother who had been reported missing at 1.40am.

Ms Adri-Soejoko was confirmed dead at the scene with a post-mortem the following day revealing the cause of death as ligature compression of the neck.

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

DCI McHugh said: “I am still keen to speak with many of the allotment holders who are yet to come forward. It is important that we continue to build a timeline of the events that led to officers discovering Lea’s body in the lock-up store.

“I would also like to hear from any previous owners who may be able to provide us with information about the people who currently tend to or own an allotment. I would encourage anyone who visited the area on Monday, February 27 and has not spoken with police to phone us.

“Any piece of information, however small, will help my team build a picture of events that tragic day.”

A set of three house keys - with a small Morrisons’ supermarket loyalty card attached - belonging to Ms Adri-Soejoko remain missing.

DCI McHugh, added: “Perhaps someone found them and picked them up, thinking to hand them into the police at some point. Maybe they’re sitting in someone’s home. If you have any information, please come forward.”

Police divers have searched Silk Stream and officers continue to search the allotments.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact police at the incident room on 020 8785 8099, via 101 or @MetCC. Alternatively, to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 40-year-old man was charged with murder on Sunday, March 5.

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