The body of a 46-year-old woman found strangled to death in her flat may have rotted in London for a month, shocked neighbours claimed today.

Police discovered the decomposed body of Zoe Orton after her next-door neighbour spotted maggots outside her front door in Deptford, South East London, on Monday.

Scotland Yard murder detectives appealed for witnesses as a manhunt for her killer in what is the 120th homicide in the capital this year was launched today.

It comes as Ms Orton’s ex-boyfriend said she had seemed ‘fragile’ just a few weeks ago. 

Ms Orton's ex-boyfriend Anselmo Colsoul, had previously posted this picture of her on social media

Ms Orton's ex-boyfriend Anselmo Colsoul, had previously posted this picture of her on social media

Ms Orton’s ex-boyfriend Anselmo Colsoul, had previously posted this picture of her on social media 

Police officers guard the scene in Deptford, South East London, today as the probe continues

Police officers guard the scene in Deptford, South East London, today as the probe continues

Police officers guard the scene in Deptford, South East London, today as the probe continues

Anselmo Colsoul, 47, who met her some eight years ago, said he last saw her two weeks ago and that he wanted drug gangs to ‘pay the price’ for what they had done to her.

‘On a scale of one to ten, ten I want them to pay the price. She is very fragile. The last time I saw her she was worse. She could not help herself.’

He added: ‘It’s proof that it can happen to anyone, it doesn’t matter where you’re background is.

‘She was fighting these demons of addiction. I think it can happen to anyone.

‘It’s one of the cases of drug addiction that a person changes so much. She always regretted the fact it happened.

He said that when she was just 21 she had met a man on drugs and also started to take them.

A murder hunt has been launched after a woman was found strangled to death in the flat

A murder hunt has been launched after a woman was found strangled to death in the flat

A murder hunt has been launched after a woman was found strangled to death in the flat

‘Then she got deeply into drugs and her parents kicked her out. They spent money on her with rehab but she went back to the drugs and then she went on to the streets.

‘She also told me her grandmother died and left her some money. I don’t know if it was £50,000 but the parents didn’t want to give her everything, just bit by bit.

‘She had faith. She was a woman with a great heart, very intelligent but unfortunately drug addiction, she was involved with the wrong people.’

He added that she had been ‘trusting’ and would often let people into her home.

‘They offered her drugs. She used to give the drugs to the young boys and she gave the money to them .

‘She was working for them but she was intimidated as well.

‘They are deadly these gangs.

‘They used to use her flat as a safehouse. They used to put their weapons stash there in case another gang tried to rob them.’

This is while her neighbour Adeni Mohamad, 54, who lives in the red brick new-build four-storey council block of flats, said his wife had likened the smell to a ‘dead animal’.

The father-of-two said: ‘I’m not happy that I’ve to come out my door and smell that very strange odour. We started calling the council for three or four weeks.

‘The odours started coming – three or four weeks that I would be smelling it. I asked my wife to call them before. I think a couple of days and then she found maggots on the floor, on her doorstep.

The body of Zoe Orton was found at a property on this road in Deptford, South East London

The body of Zoe Orton was found at a property on this road in Deptford, South East London

The body of Zoe Orton was found at a property on this road in Deptford, South East London

‘A couple of days ago and then we called the council and they ran down to the police and they broke into the door.

‘I saw her almost two months ago. When we started, there were black tiny ants. My wife called them (neighbours) to come down, they didn’t come.

‘It’s inside of our kitchen which is unusual which is why we asked the council to come and check, maybe the next door neighbour left some food but they didn’t come down, they are careless.

‘After I kept complaining about a smell then I asked her to call them and then she called them and they didn’t do anything.

‘On Monday when she went out with my son, she now saw the maggots on the floor at the entrance. I didn’t think she would be dead.’

His wife, who declined to be named, said: ‘I tried to call them but they were always engaged.

‘On Monday morning as I was taking my child downstairs when I looked at it, it was three maggots. I thought it was a dead animal.’

She had ‘no idea’ how long her neighbour may have been dead.

Mr Mohamad added: ‘As far as I know I think she lives alone. I’ve got underage children and I’m not happy that I’ve to be smelling strange odours.’

Police discovered the body of Ms Orton at the property in Deptford on Monday at 10am after officers arrived there over ‘concern for the welfare of an occupant’.

The murder, which was announced by police today, is the 120th to be investigated in London so far this year (as seen in this graphic), although only four of these have been in October

The murder, which was announced by police today, is the 120th to be investigated in London so far this year (as seen in this graphic), although only four of these have been in October

The murder, which was announced by police today, is the 120th to be investigated in London so far this year (as seen in this graphic), although only four of these have been in October

A post mortem examination took place the next day, giving the cause of death as neck compression. Ms Orton’s next of kin have been informed.

Homicide detectives from Scotland Yard’s specialist crime are leading the investigation over the incident on McMillan Street, but there have been no arrests.

The murder, which was announced by police today, is the 120th to be investigated in London so far this year, although only four of these have been in October.

The other three were the deaths of Baptista Adjie, 15, in Stratford and Clinton Evbota, 18, in Camberwell, both on October 10, and Ben Lines, 20, in Bexley on October 13.

Anyone with details that could help the probe is asked to contact the force incident room on 020 8721 4961 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

WHERE THE 120 MURDERS IN LONDON HAVE BEEN COMMITTED IN 2019
#NAMEAGEDATEINCIDENT TIMESTREETLOCATION
1Charlotte Huggins32Jan 14.20amJohn Ruskin StreetCamberwell
2Tudor Simionov33Jan 15.36amPark LaneMayfair
3Simbiso Aretha Moula39Jan 47.50amLower Mardyke AvenueRainham
4Sarah Ashraf35Jan 66.20pmEast Ferry RoadIsle of Dogs
5Jayden Moody14Jan 76.30pmBickley RoadWaltham Forest
6Asma Begum31Jan 114.00pmCity Island WayCanning Town
7Kamil Malysz34Jan 2710.15amAlfred WayActon
8Nedim Bilgin17Jan 296.49pmTilloch StreetIslington
9Carl Thorpe46Feb 46.30amDartmouth Park HillHighgate
10Lejean Richards19Feb 57.52pmWolsey CourtBattersea
11Dennis Anderson39Feb 102.35amLordship LaneEast Dulwich
12Bright Akinlele22Feb 1810.44pmEuston StreetCamden
13Brian Wieland69Feb 191.12pmGenever CloseChingford
14Glendon Spence23Feb 216.45pmMinet RoadBrixton
15Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck19Feb 228.09pmVincent RoadWood Green
16David Lopez-Fernandez38Feb 252.35pmGlobe RoadTower Hamlets
17Che Morrison20Feb 268.48pmCranbrook RoadIlford
18Jodie Chesney17Mar 19.25pmSt Neot’s RoadHarold Hill
19Elize Linda Stevens50Mar 210.19amGreat North WayHendon
20Jolia Bogdan3 monthsMar 211.57amTamworth RoadCroydon
21Mohamed Elmi37Mar 36.00amRomily StreetSoho
22Laureline Garcia-Bertaux34Mar 6pmDarell RoadKew
23David Martinez26Mar 64.25pmNorth Birkbeck RoadLeyton
24Antoinette Donnegan52Mar 76.40pmEste RoadBattersea
25Ayub Hassan17Mar 72.14pmLanfrey PlaceWest Kensington
26Florin Pitic20Mar 100.30amQueensbury stationBrent
27Nathaniel Armstrong29Mar 1612.37amGowan AvenueFulham
28Abdirashid Mohamoud17Mar 2210.35pmUnion LaneIsleworth
29Ravi Katharkamar54Mar 246.00amMarsh RoadPinner
30Ramane Richard Wiggan25Mar 274.11pmFriar MewsWest Norwood
31Zahir Visiter25Mar 286.15pmCunningham PlaceRegents Park
32Gavin Garraway40Mar 292.37pmClapham Park RoadClapham
33Calvin Bungisa22Apr 18.30pmGrafton RoadKentish Town
34Hubert Hall60Apr 26.44amHoe StreetWalthamstow
35Annabelle Lancaster22Apr 75.49pmTurkey StreetEnfield
36Noore Bashir Salad22Apr 89.26pmChurch RoadManor Park
37Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan27Apr 161.28amEaling RoadWembley
38Steven Brown47Apr 175.47pmMatthias RoadStoke Newington
39Meshach Williams21Apr 239.00pmHigh StreetHarlesden
40Mihrican Mustafa38Apr 2611.45amVandome CloseCanning Town
41Henriett Szucs34Apr 2611.45amVandome CloseCanning Town
42Amy Parsons35Apr 261.30pmCrowder StreetWhitechapel
43Joshua White29Apr 262.43pmFrampton Park RoadHackney
44Tashaun Aird15May 18.54pmSomerford GroveHackney
45Constantin Sin51May 50.40amHigh RoadLeytonstone
46McCaulay Urugbezi-Edwards18May 59.30pmTiverton StreetSouthwark
47Barrington Davis54May 167.00amTorridon RoadLewisham
48Vladimir Koudriavtsev69May 236.40amAppleford RoadKensington
49Tatiana Koudriavtsev68May 236.40amAppleford RoadKensington
50Iderval da Silva46May 254.32pmCharlotte Despard AvenueBattersea
51Alimal Islam23May 264.30pmSt Pauls WayTower Hamlets
52Ismaila Ceesay33May 281.15amWarwick RoadForest Gate
53Steven Kennedy61May 3011.35amPlaistow ParkPlaistow
54Graham Howe53May 3011.05pmPreston RoadHarrow
55Baris Kucuk33Jun 13.09amSeven Sisters RoadHaringey
56Adrian Murphy43Jun 46.38pmLombard RoadBattersea
57Cheyon Evans18Jun 144.42pmDeeside RoadWandsworth
58Eniola Aluko19Jun 144.56pmHartville RoadPlumstead
59Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky34Jun 151.58pmAlton StreetTower Hamlets
60Giedrius Juskauskas42Jun 160.40amWhalebone LaneStratford
61Stepan Suslyk40Jun 16Early hoursHolland Park AvenueNotting Hill
62David Bello-Monerville38Jun 1810.50pmWelbeck RoadBarnet
63Ionut Manea63Jun 1811.45pmA406Ilford
64Edward Simpson25Jun 2111.08pmWatermill WayFeltham
65Yusuf Mohamed18Jun 269.20pmUxbridge RoadShepherds Bush
66Kelly Mary Fauvrelle26Jun 293.30amRaymead AvenueCroydon
67Riley Fauvrelle5 daysJun 293.30amRaymead AvenueCroydon
68Ian Taylor54Jun 295.55pmColdharbour LaneLambeth
69Fuad Habib28Jun 2911.07pmWakefield StreetNewham
70Gary Blagrove44Jun 29TBCNew Kings RoadFulham
71Amara Toure18Jun 304.51amSutherland WalkSouthwark
72Tesfa Campbell40Jul 32.45pmLatchmere RoadWandsworth
73Craig Walters (Craig Small)32Jul 58.10pmHarrow RoadWembley
74Amanda Gretton57Jul 55.00pmPrendergast RoadBlackheath
75Grineo Daka27Jul 73.00amLea Bridge RoadLeyton
76Kwasi Mensah-Ababio26Jul 87.05pmMonks Park GardensWembley
77Leo Marcus22Jul 102.40pmTellson AvenueKidbrooke
78Boluwatife Oyewunmi22Jul 11TBCLincolon RoadEnfield
79Kye Manning19Jul 119.10pmBrighton RoadCroydon
80Akbar Arezo64Jul 129.41amRedfern AvenueWhitton
81Layla Arezo74Jul 129.41amRedfern AvenueWhitton
82Aron Kato28Jul 1710.20amLey StreetIlford
83Diane Dyer61Jul 1811.08pmOakwood AvenueBeckenham
84Abdullahi Hassan20Jul 2511.45pmBoundary RoadSouth Hampstead
85Robert Komuro41Jul 2310.00pmGordon RoadHillingdon
86Liam Dent25Jul 2600.13amMoor LaneChessington
87Alciveadis Mauredis60Jul 31TBCSt John’s WayIslington
88Dorothy Woolmer89Aug 311.00amWaltheof GardensTottenham
89Mohammed Shah Subhani27Aug 5TBCHestonHounslow
90Alex Smith16Aug 1211.10pmMunster SquareCamden
91Solomon Small18Aug 152.00pmCorrance RoadLambeth
92Amrou Greenidge18Aug 20TBCBroomhouse LaneFulham
93Allan Isichei69Aug 246.41pmSt. Mary’s AvenueSouthall
94Santino Angelo Dymiter18Aug 263.30pmChadd GreenNewham
95Lee Casey39Aug 2912.00pmBrixton HillBrixton
96Unnamed child15 monthsAug 27TBCTBCPutney
97Laura Rakstelyte31Aug 2912.57pmThe DriveIlford
98Perry Jordan-Brammer15Aug 3011.15amWillan RoadTottenham
99Sandra Samuels45Aug 3113:30pmHerrick House, Howard RoadHackney
100Norman Bertran-Tavarez24Sep 111.30pmElephant and Castle stationSouthwark
101Michael Irving15Sep 36.45pmByford CloseStratford
102Unnamed man20sSep 83.45pmSydenham RoadLewisham
103Sahkira Mercedes Gwendolin Loseke20sSep 811.55pmBelmont StreetChalk Farm
104Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela24Sep 90.10amMalden RoadKentish Town
105Josiph Beker (Youssef al-Bayjani)17Sep 101.54pmChurch StreetEdgware Road
106Unnamed girl8 weeksSep 124.01pmUnnamed RoadSE16
107Assad Abdullah Yarow25Sep 1211.10pmCamden High StreetCamden
108Omar Smith34Sep 1311.55pmDownham WayLewisham
109Unnamed girl16 monthsSep 13TBCTBCPlaistow
110Julio Gomes29Sep 148.10pmHoundsfield RoadEdmonton
111Mark McCann-Barrett33Sep 179.27amLansdowne RoadWalthamstow
112Serafima Meshaka58Sep 181.17pmHaven Green CourtEaling
113Sufi Osman22Sep 234.00amThe BroadwaySouthall
114Tashan Daniel20Sep 244.00pmHillingdon StationHillingdon
115Osvaldo Carvalho22Sep 246.00pmWest Lodge AvenueEaling
116Arlene Williams46Sep 287.23pmTennyson CloseEnfield
117Baptista Adjie15Oct 103.20pmTramway AvenueStratford
118Clinton Evbota 18Oct 108.21pmGrimsel PathCamberwell
119 Ben Lines 20 Oct 13 2.48pm Barnehurst Avenue Bexley 
120 Zoe Orton 46 Oct 21 10.00am McMillan Street Deptford 

Source : Mail Online

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