Forensics from the Met Police who have been combing a Bucks woodland since early December as part of a murder investigation have finished their search - a month after finding the remains of a young father.

The remains of Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, were found in an isolated woodland at the side of the M40 in Hedgerley as Met Police officers, divers and specialist search teams combed the area for clues following his disappearance in May.

On Thursday, December 19, detectives confirmed that human remains found in the wooded area belonged to Shah.

Shah went missing in May - when his wife was pregnant with their first child - and Met Police have been treating his disappearance as a murder inquiry.

Specialist search teams and divers have been scouring the "isolated" wooded area after a key suspect vehicle - a black BMW X5 on cloned plates of YC67 MFY - was seen in the Hedgerley Lane area in the days after Shah disappeared on Friday, May 7, 2019.


Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from specialist crime, who is leading the investigation, said a "significant" amount of evidence has been recovered during their search.

He said: “More than 200 bags of soil have been removed. This will be wet sieved to recover evidence and the soil will then be returned to the area.

“This has been and continues to be the worst of times for Shah’s family as we continue to progress the investigation into his murder.

“This has also been a challenging scene for my team to operate in and I am really proud of what they, and other police colleagues, have achieved in very difficult circumstances.

“Our appeals have helped further our work, including identifying witnesses even seven months on from the activity here.

“My team and Shah’s family are so grateful to the local community and staff at the nearby services for their understanding and support while we carried out this vital work.”

Detectives have to date made nine arrests in connection with their investigation - but DCI McHugh added that he is "in no doubt that there are people out there with information who have still not come forward".

He said: "There is possibly a misguided loyalty to those responsible for Shah’s murder or you may be frightened of those involved; please be reassured that we will deal with your information sensitively in complete confidence.

"To anyone in the know, just imagine the pain your continuing silence is causing Shah’s family. Please reach out to us if you can help, either via 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers. A substantial reward of £20,000 remains on offer for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved."

Anyone with any information about Shah’s disappearance is asked to contact police on 101, or via Twitter @MetCC quoting Operation Rockton. To give information anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.