A 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering Sabina Nessa has been released under investigation, as police continued the appeal for information about another man wanted in connection with the inquiry.
Both men arrested on suspicion of murder in recent days have now been released pending further investigation, while detectives remain keen to trace a third man captured on CCTV near where Nessa was killed.
Nessa was attacked on September 17 at around 8.30pm while walking through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, southeast London.
She was on her way to The Depot bar to meet up with a friend of hers and walked through the park on her way. The journey should’ve taken her around five minutes.
The Met has released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to, which show him walking in Pegler Square on the evening Nessa was attacked.
It has also released an image of a silver vehicle captured in the Pegler Square area which detectives believe the man has access to, and urged anyone who recognises him or the vehicle to contact the force immediately.
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Louisa Rolfe urged anyone who may know the man to contact them.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, from the Met’s specialist crime command, said “an extensive trawl” of CCTV in the area continued and said information on the man’s identity and whereabouts could be “vital” to the investigation.
It came as the primary school teacher’s family made an impassioned plea for women to “keep safe” as hundreds of mourners prepared to pay their respects at a vigil on Friday.