A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two women’s bodies were found in a council flat freezer.
Cops took the man into custody last night after making the grim discovery in Canning Town, London, on Friday.
One of the bodies was believed to be Mary Jane Mustafa, a 38-year-old mum of two who vanished mysteriously last May after popping to the shops with just her phone and £3 in her pocket.
A man being sought over the grim double murder was previously known to police and reported to be a registered sex offender.
He is alleged to have phoned a friend after the police raid in Vandome Close in Canning Town, East London, and said: “There’s something you should know. I’ve killed some women.”
The two victims are not thought to be related.
A man, known as Ali by neighbours, was said to have been friendly with Mary Jane – who lived in nearby Canning Town.
One resident said: “My mate saw Ali on Thursday and he looked anxious and scruffy.
“When the police turned up on Friday, Ali had disappeared.
“My mate phoned Ali and said there were loads of police at his flat – loads of them. Then the phone went dead.
“Ali called him back later and said ‘There’s something you should know – I’ve killed some women.’
“Later on my mate saw the police take away a big chest freezer from Ali’s place.”
He added: “Ali used to hang around with Mary Jane. She went missing a year ago and they’ve been searching for her ever since.”
Police said they attended the address in Newham, a stone’s throw from London’s Excel exhibition centre, at 11.45am last Friday following “concerns for the welfare of an occupant.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers subsequently gained entry and discovered two bodies dead at the scene.
“The bodies are believed to be those of two females. We are working to carry out formal identification and trace next of kin.”
The disappearance of Mary Jane Mustafa, originally from Turkish-speaking Lefkosa, Cyprus, sparked a missing persons inquiry last year.
In January, her cousin Ayse Hussain renewed calls for anyone with information to come forward.
She said: “She’s missed her own birthday, her daughter’s birthday and now Christmas.
“I’ve been looking after her kids now and then, and I took her daughter Christmas shopping to keep her distracted. We just say mum has gone to sort herself out and say she’ll be back soon.
“Her daughter has just started secondary school and her son is 19.”
Last night, niece Hazel Ozulku wrote on Facebook: “There is no need to think negative at this point because we still believe she is fine and she will come home.”
Her sister Zeynep Mustafa Sukan wrote: “When are you coming home, sis? I miss you like you wouldn’t believe!”
Forensics officers were yesterday combing the suspect’s ground-floor council flat. The property’s front windows were smashed and had been boarded up.
The Sun can reveal a man living at that address was twice called to court this year after failing to comply with supervision following his release from prison.