Essex police have arrested three suspects after the body of a man who was allegedly kidnapped along with a woman two days earlier was discovered in woodland.
The body of the victim, a man believed to be in his 40s, was found near the Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton, Essex, at approximately 11.55am on Saturday.
The victim is thought to have gone missing, along with a woman in her 30s, from a property in north London. The woman has since been located and found to be physically unharmed.
The Metropolitan Police said that the two were known to each other.
Authorities said that a "key line of enquiry is that the man and woman were taken against their will in a vehicle on Thursday."
Police described the investigation as "very complex and fast-moving."
On Friday afternoon, police received a report that the man and a woman were missing from an address in Ebony Crescent, having not been seen since the night before.
Met police confirmed that they had arrested three men in the Kent area on suspicion of murder and that they remained in police custody.
Officers have appealed to anyone who was in the Ebony Crescent area on Thursday to contact them if they recall seeing something suspicious.
Local residents have been asked to check doorbell cameras and CCTV, with motorists being urged to check dashcam footage.
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran said: "This is a very complex and fast-moving investigation involving multiple units across the MPS, as well as invaluable support from our colleagues in Essex Police.
"While the investigation remains at an early stage, a key line of enquiry is that the man and woman were taken against their will in a vehicle on Thursday night."