A murder investigation is under way following the discovery of a body in Havering in the early hours of Sunday morning.
While formal identification is yet to take place, the family of 21-year-old Hina Bashir who had been reported missing from Ilford in recent days have been informed. They are being supported by specialist officers.
A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “My thoughts are with Hina’s family who have suffered a terrible loss. We will provide them with whatever support we can.
“This has been a fast-moving investigation and a man is in custody. We are confident that this man and Hina were known to each other.
“As our investigation progresses we will be working to develop our understanding of what happened to Hina, not just in recent days but in the weeks prior to this terrible incident.
“I would urge anyone who believes they have information which could assist us to come forward.”
Information can be provided by calling police on 101 (reference 2674/14JUL) or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.