At around 4pm yestrday, the crew of a passing boat reported they had seen a body in the water at Tower Pier in East London.

The body was recovered by the Met’s Marine Policing Unit and has been viewed by detectives working on the investigation.

Commander Jon Savell said: “Based on the distinctive clothing he was wearing at the time of the attack and property found on his body, we strongly believe we have recovered the body of Ezedi.

“We have been in contact with his family to pass on the news.

“As you may expect after a considerable period of time in the strong current of the Thames, formal identification is not possible visually, nor from fingerprints. We will work with the coroner on other ways to complete formal identification, such as DNA testing and dental records. That may take some time.

”Our enquiries continue into the attack. I am pleased to say the condition of the 31-year-old woman has improved. She remains in hospital but she is in a stable condition and no longer sedated. We have still not been able to speak to her but hope to as soon as she is well enough.

“Again, I thank all those hundreds of members of the public who called us with information during the hunt for Ezedi. The public support for our investigation was overwhelming and every piece of information provided was followed up.”

On Friday,  the 9th of February, officers updated that detectives believed Ezedi went into the River Thames at Chelsea Bridge, some four hours after the alkaline attack in Lessar Avenue on Wednesday, the 31st of January.

This was based on examination of CCTV footage which had tracked Ezedi to the location and then saw him disappear from view.

Officers from the Marine Policing Unit carried out a number of low tide searches in the area surrounding Chelsea Bridge over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of February.

They had continued routine searches as part of their daily work and recovered Ezedi’s body yesterday.

There have been no more arrests in connection with the incident.

Listen to the full report from Crime Correspondent, Martin Brunt, here: