Friday 23 August 2019

Croydon murder: Police confirm newborn baby of pregnant woman who was stabbed to death has passed away

CCTV released of man walking towards pregnant stabbing victim's home - and later running from scene

Handout photo supplied by the Metropolitan Police showing a man police wish to identify in the case of Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, who was eight months pregnant and found with stab injuries at a Croydon address. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Handout photo supplied by the Metropolitan Police showing a man police wish to identify in the case of Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, who was eight months pregnant and found with stab injuries at a Croydon address. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital.Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police officers carrying door to door inquiries in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Alexander Britton

Police are looking to identify a man pictured walking towards the address of a murder victim and running away from the scene minutes later.

Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was eight months pregnant and found with stab injuries at her address in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, in the early hours of Saturday.

She died at the scene, while paramedics managed to deliver her baby son who her family named Riley.

Police confirmed this morning that the newborn baby has passed away.

In the footage released by the Metropolitan Police, a man is seen walking towards Ms Fauvrelle's address at 3.11am and running back just over 10 minutes later.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "The release of this footage is the next step in what has been a fast-paced, and extremely challenging investigation.

Tragic: Kelly Mary Fauvrelle
Tragic: Kelly Mary Fauvrelle

"We need to identify the man shown in the footage urgently, even if only to eliminate him from our enquiries. I need to hear from anyone who knows who he is.

"If this is you, it is imperative that you contact my team immediately."

Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

He added that the force was unable to say whether Ms Fauvrelle's attacker was known to her and officers are keeping an open mind.

He said: "A dedicated team of detectives are working day and night on this investigation.

Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

"We have assured Kelly's family - and I want to assure local residents and the wider public too - that we are doing absolutely everything in our power to find the person responsible.

"I am aware that there is some speculation about whether Kelly's attacker was known to her. At this stage we simply are not in a position to say and we must retain an open mind.

Police officers carrying door to door inquiries in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Police officers carrying door to door inquiries in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon where a women who was around eight months pregnant has been stabbed to death and her baby is critically ill in hospital. Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

"One of the key aims of my investigation is to build a complete picture of Kelly's life and the people with whom she was in contact, but I also need to consider other possible scenarios.

"Members of the public may have useful information, and I am today reiterating my appeal for anyone who may know anything that will assist the investigation to make contact as soon as possible."

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder. One, aged 37, was released under investigation on Sunday, and a second, aged 29, has been released on bail until early August.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police incident room on 020 8721 4005 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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