Murder investigation after joggers find teenager’s body in west London park

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  • January 25, 2024
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Published Jan 25, 2024, 6:44pm|Updated Jan 25, 2024, 9:14pm

The friends and family of a teenager found stabbed to death by joggers at a park in west London are ‘inconsolable after receiving the worst possible news imaginable’.

Tyler Donnelly, 19, was discovered dead in Hanworth Park, Feltham, shortly before 8am today.

Scotland Yard has launched a murder investigation into the death of the teen, who lived nearby and is suspected to have been attacked after cycling to the park last night.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie said: ‘Tyler left his home around 9.10pm on Wednesday evening and rode his bike along Elmwood Avenue and at some stage entered the park. He never returned home.

‘If you were in the park and saw something, regardless of the reason you were there, please do get in touch. Our focus is on what happened to Tyler and who was responsible.

‘Similarly, if you were driving through Elmwood Avenue, returning home or out walking, did you notice anything? Did you perhaps see Tyler, who was wearing dark clothing, riding his grey bike or did you see him with anyone?

‘The H25 bus route goes through Elmwood Avenue, were you travelling through this area on Wednesday or in the early hours of Thursday? Did you see Tyler or anyone matching his description?

‘Tyler’s family and friends are inconsolable after receiving the worst possible news imaginable – our thoughts are with them and they are being supported by specialist officers.’

Although formal identification has yet to take place, Mr Howie said ‘we know’ the victim is Tyler.

A post-mortem examination will conducted in due course.

An extensive crime scene remains in place at the park which is expected to remain the next few days.

There have been no arrests.

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, leading policing in Hounslow, said: ‘It saddens me to see another young life so needlessly cut short and I urge anyone who has information about who is responsible to get in touch with the investigation team.

‘I know that this incident will be a shock for those living and working in the area and my officers will be conducting additional patrols to provide reassurance to the community.

‘If you are worried or have concerns please do approach those officers or get in touch with your local neighbourhood policing team.

‘I thank you for your patience and understanding as our specialist teams work at the scene and make their enquiries.’

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