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Body is found in lake at Bluewater shopping centre in search for woman

Body is found in lake at Bluewater shopping centre in hunt for ‘vulnerable’ missing mother who vanished four weeks ago from home in London

  • Taiwo Belogun, 53, was last seen near home in southeast London on December 1
  • Today, the Met Police said a woman’s body had been found in a lake in Kent 
  • Death is not being treated as suspicious and Ms Balogun’s family were informed
  • The family previously said they are ‘very worried’ about ‘greatly loved’ mother

Police searching for a missing mother from southeast London have found a body in a lake.

Taiwo Balogun, 53, from Crayford went missing on Thursday, 1 December, almost a month ago.

Today, the Met Police confirmed a woman’s body had been retrieved from a lake near Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent.

The force tweeted: ‘A woman’s body was recovered from a lake near Bluewater Shopping Centre on Friday, December 30. While formal identification awaits, Taiwo Balogun’s family has been informed.

Footage from a CCTV camera in the shop shows Ms Balogun holding an orange carrier bag while she is served at the counter.

Taiwo Balogun, 53, from Crayford went missing on Thursday, 1 December, almost four weeks ago.

‘Her death is being treated as unexpected but not suspicious. Our thoughts are with Taiwo’s family.’

Footage from a CCTV camera showed Ms Balogun inside a shop in Crayford Road, Dartford, at around 2.27pm on the day she went missing.

In the video, she appears to point to the Lottery stand and then the shop assistant hands her an orange ticket. 

She then briefly looks at the ticket as she exits the shop.  

In a previous statement, Ms Balogun’s family said: ‘We are very worried about our mum. She is greatly loved and a massive part of our lives.’

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