COPS have launched a murder probe following the discovery of a body after a man vanished three weeks ago.

Police have been searching for the victim – who has not been named – since August 24.

He disappeared from a home in Reading, Berkshire, before being discovered more than 55 miles away.

His body was found yesterday in Erith, South East London – with cops launching a murder investigation.

The casualty's next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detectives at Thames Valley Police said they won't yet release any further information about the victim's identity.

However, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik of the Major Crime Unit said: “We have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a person in London.

“My thoughts remain with the man’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“The investigation is in its early stages and we are conducting thorough enquiries in order to establish what has happened.

“There is a scene watch currently in place in Hadrian Walk in Reading and so you may see an increased police presence in the local area whilst our enquiries continue.

“If anyone has any concerns or has information we would advise them to speak to one of our uniformed officers."

He urged anyone with information to get in touch urgently by calling 101, quoting reference 43210379826.

Those who want to give information anonymously can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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