Last week, police officer Gordon Semple was reported missing. Now, a 49-year-old has been charged with his murder after remains were discovered inside a London apartment.
A neighbor alerted police that a “smell of death” was coming from the apartment.
According to The Sun, Semple’s dismembered corpse was discovered lying in a bathtub full of acid. Body parts had been dumped into the River Thames after attempts to boil his flesh away.
For over 30 years, Semple was an officer with the Metropolitan police.
On April 1st, he reportedly left his home to visit the Shangri-La hotel, located in the Shard building. He was seen on CCTV leaving the hotel at 12:30pm and two-and-half hours later, he was spotted near London Bridge.
His brother Ronnie and partner Gary Meeks described him as “a much loved partner, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin… Our world will be a worse place without him”.
The Guardian reports that the suspect will appear in court on Monday. His name is Stefano Brizzi and he’s reportedly a social worker.
According to The Telegraph, police are currently looking for an important witness — a “mystery man” who was spotted outside the apartment where Semple’s decomposed body was found.
Here’s a full report from SKY News: