Woman’s body recovered from Brentford canal identified by residents

Image above: Eva’s photograph, posted on the Brentford Friends’ Facebook group

A woman’s body has been recovered from a canal in Brentford on Tuesday 27 April. She has been identified by local residents as a woman called Eva, who was homeless.

Police were called at 6.48 am on Tuesday to the Grand Union Canal near Transport Avenue, to reports of a body in the water. Metropolitan Police officers attended the scene along with paramedics, an incident response officer and the hazardous area response team.

Police said her death was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and she was yet to be identified formally.

Members of the Facebook group Brentford Friends have paid tribute to Eva. It is believed she was homeless and lived along the towpath. Residents recognised her from living there over a number of years. Leigh Carrigan said:

So sad, knew Eva from walking the towpath for years. There are a group of guys that I used to fear would hurt her. Offered many times to pay for a ticket home to escape the life Eva had ended up being in. Rest in peace Eva, you’re safe now.’

Eva’s photograph was posted on the Friends’ Facebook group.

Image above: Police and paramedics at the scene where Eva’s body was recovered (Photo: Steve Haskett).

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