The man found dead by a footpath in Ilford was likely dumped there after being assaulted, the leading detective has said.

The victim, identified as Vladislavs Radionovs, 57, a Latvian national of no fixed address, was discovered in Aldborough Hatch Farm, a footpath, off Oaks Lane, at about 6am on Saturday November 2.

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary found the cause of death to be a head injury.

His next of kin have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, leading the investigation, said: “Vladislavs Radionovs was found on a footpath in the area of Aldborough Hatch Farm which is off Oaks Lane.

“While we remain open minded, I believe it is likely that Mr Radionovs was taken to the path after being assaulted somewhere else and was left there at some time between late on the evening of Friday, 1 November and the early hours on Saturday morning when he was found.”

The footpath where his body was found is a popular spot for dog-walkers, walkers, and joggers.

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Aldborough Hatch Farm, off Oaks Lane, Ilford. Photo: Google Maps

DCI Goodwin added: “I am keen to speak with anyone who was in the area during that time. Were you walking your dog in the area? Did you jog or cycle in the area? Did you notice any vehicles acting suspiciously?

“If you knew Vladislavs, when was the last time you saw him? I am trying to piece together a picture of his life in the days and weeks prior to the discovery of his body. If you know anything, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please do contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact homicide detectives on incident room number 0208 785 8244 or call 101 quoting CAD 1823/02 November.

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.