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Israeli found murdered

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-04-08


CCTV footage of Turkov

Police are appealing to the public for help in finding the killer or killers of a Israeli man  found murdered in a London hotel room.

Simon Turkov, who also uses the name Yermia Yunataev was discovered at the Marriott Hotel in Marble Arch on Sunday 28th March 2004.

According to London's Evening Standard, Turkov was a convicted drug smuggler on the run from an Israeli prison.

Detectives are trying to find out what happenied to Turkov in the hours leading up to his murder.

CCTV footage shows him walking with another man in the early hours of Sunday morning walking along Gloucester Road north towards Cromwell Road in South Kensington.

Police are trying to identify the man who is described as being white, aged approximately 35 years and with receding hair.

DCI Julian Worker, from the Met's Homicide investigation team who is leading this enquiry, said:

"My officers are trying to piece together Simon Turkov's movements on the weekend he was murdered.  We need to know where in London or the UK he was staying.  I'd like to speak to estate agents, hotel owners or those who rent accommodation if they think Simon may have been staying at their property. He may have been using the name Yermia Yunataev."

An inquest opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court on 1st April.

The cause of death was provisionally given as asphyxiation.  The inquest has been adjourned until 21st April 2004.

Anyone who may have any information about Mr Turkov is asked to contact the Incident Room at Belgravia Police Station on 020 7321 7228 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.