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London Manhunt After Murder Of Sex Worker
A manhunt is under way for a man suspected of murdering a woman in west London.
Maria Duque-Tunjano, a 48-year-old British national originally from Colombia, was found dead in a flat in Earls Court on Friday.
Police are looking for Robert Richard Fraser in connection with the murder and say they also want to question him over another attack in nearby Paddington.
They advised members of the public not to approach Mr Fraser but said if they see him they should call 999 immediately.
He is also known as Robert Aleem and Shia Robert Jackson.
Police were called to the flat in Earls Court Square at approximately 1pm to reports of a body.
After gaining entry, they discovered Ms Duque-Tunjano's body, which appeared to have been there for a number of days.
A post-mortem examination found that Ms Duque-Tunjano had died after being hit over the head with a blunt object.
Inquiries have established that she was a sex worker who lived in Streatham, south London, but used the flat in Earls Court Square for her work.
It is believed she was robbed of cash during the assault.
The attack in Paddington was on January 18 and also involved a female sex worker.
On that occasion the woman, aged in her 20s, was assaulted and robbed by a man but she was not seriously injured.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, is leading the investigation and said Ms Duque-Tunjano was last seen alive on January 28.
"We also understand she was in the company of a man and our primary focus is to trace him as part of this investigation," she said.
"It is now our belief that this man was also responsible for an attack on another female sex worker in Paddington. It is imperative that we trace him as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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