Body found near Thames 5 weeks after man jumped from Dartford Crossing

The body of a man was found near the River Thames five weeks after he jumped from the Dartford Crossing.

Elvis Illiev was captured on CCTV falling from the QEII bridge on January 9, but it wasn’t until Thursday, February 13 that his body was discovered.

Essex Live reports that police were called shortly before 7.30am to reports that a body of a woman had been discovered.

At the scene on Wharf Road, Grays, a second body was also found. This was later identified as 28-year-old Elvis.

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The force has confirmed that they do not believe the deaths are linked and treated them as separate incidents.

A number of police cars, fire crews and ambulances were seen near The Wharf pub car park and a police cordon was in place.

Yesterday, (Tuesday, July 14), an inquest heard how Mr Iliev, who lived in Maidstone, Kent, had jumped from the QEII bridge five weeks prior to his body being discovered.

Marianne Robson, coroner’s officer, said: “Paramedics were called and they confirmed that Mr Iliev was deceased.

“Essex Police have investigated the death and have seen footage of who they believe to be Mr Iliev jumping from the QEII bridge on January 9.”

The inquest heard how police searched his home address and no suicide notes were found.

A post-mortem examination was undertaken by Dr Peter Ozua at Basildon Hospital on February 21, where he recorded a cause of death as ‘unascertained’.

Senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded an open conclusion at Essex Coroner’s Court.

Ms Beasley-Murray said: “While police saw the CCTV footage there there little other evidence and no evidence of a note.

“In light of the medical cause of death, unascertained, the court has to record an open conclusion.

“Please could my condolences be expressed to Mr Iliev’s family.”


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