Man's body found in freezer as police look to unravel nine-year mystery

Roy Bigg went missing in February 2012 and police suspect the body had been in the freezer for a number of years

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Police detectives are urging the public to come forward with any information they have about the body of a man that was found in a disused pub’s freezer.

The remains of Roy Bigg were found in the afternoon of Friday October 15, 2021.

The freezer was located in the basement of a building that was formerly Simpson’s Wine Bar in Forest Gate, London.

Builders working on the site found the body.

Roy Bigg went missing in February 2012 and police suspect the body had been in the freezer for a number of years.

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “We believe that Roy’s body may have been in the freezer for a number of years.

“Speaking to people who knew him will help us establish not only his lifestyle and habits, but also when he was last seen.

“If you knew Roy please do get in touch with us – his birth date was September 8, 1944, we believe he would have been aged around 70 when he died.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s been a long time since you knew him, or if you only knew him briefly, any information may be of real significance to our enquiries.”

A post-mortem examination found cause of death to be inconclusive and Roy’s remains were identified through his dental records.

DCI Allen added: “We have released an image of Roy and hope that anyone who knew him will take the time to come forward and speak with us. If you don’t want to speak directly to police please contact Crimestoppers anonymously, but whatever you do, please do make the call.”

Anyone who knew Roy Bigg should call the Incident Room on 020 8345 1570, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD4332/15OCT21.