Murder investigation launched after body of man, 19, found in west London park

25 January 2024, 20:12 | Updated: 25 January 2024, 20:47

Tyler Donnelley
Tyler Donnelley. Picture: Met Police

By Emma Soteriou

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a 19-year-old man was found in a park in west London.

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Police were called at 7.40am on January 25 to reports of an unresponsive man at Hanworth Park.

Officers attended the scene to find the body of 19-year-old Tyler Donnelley who had been fatally stabbed.

Next of kin have been notified but formal identification awaits, the Met said.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted in due course.

There have been no arrests but an extensive crime scene remains in place at the park.

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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.”

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, leading the investigation from the Met’s Homicide Command said: “Members of the public called us shortly after 7:40am reporting that they’d found a man’s body in Hanworth Park. We now know that the victim is 19-year-old Tyler Donnelly, who was from Feltham.

“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.”

Anyone with information or footage relating to this incident can also call police on 101 or Tweet on ‘X’ @MetCC quoting 1197/25JAN.

To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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