Sabita Thawani, 19, has been named by police as the student who was killed at Arbor House in London
Police have shared a picture of a university student found murdered in her university halls.
Sabita Thawani, 19, has been named by police as the student who was killed at Arbor House in London, although no formal identification has been made.
The Metropolitan Police said her family had been informed and were being assisted by specialist officers.
Officers were called to the scene around 5.10am on Saturday for reports of a seriously injured woman.
Police and paramedics were present but the woman was pronounced dead.
It comes as police launched an urgent call for information to find a man they want to speak to and released two pictures of him.
Police say Maher Maaroufe, 22, was in a relationship with Sabita but he was not a student.
Police have said anyone who sees him should not approach him but should call 999 immediately.
DCI Linda Bradley, Crime Specialist, said: “I reiterate our urgent appeal for information to help locate 22-year-old Maher Maaroufe. It has connections across London, particularly in the Marble Arch, Edgware Road and Lewisham areas. He is also known to travel to Cambridgeshire.
“One of the images we released shows Maaroufe with dark hair and a mustache and beard. He now has his head shaved and has little facial hair.
“Maaroufe was in a relationship with Sabita, but he wasn’t a student. He is a Tunisian citizen without permanent residence.
“Officials are investigating to trace those who have been in contact with him, but I would urge anyone who knew him who has not yet spoken to the police to please come forward. I would again like to ask the public not to approach him when they see him. but call 999.
“I also appeal once again to Maher Maaroufe to go to a police station immediately. Maher – I make this appeal directly to you: If you see this, please go to the nearest police station. It is important that we speak to you.”
A spokesman for the City, University of London previously said: “As this is an ongoing police incident we are unable to comment on their investigation.
“As a university we will do everything we can to support our students and staff and we will continue to give our full support to the police in their investigations.
“We work closely with Unite Students who own and operate Arbor House.”
A spokesman for Unite Students added: “Our priority right now is the safety and welfare of the students at the Arbor House.”
All witnesses or anyone with information are urged to contact police on 020 8358 1010, call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD1252/19March.
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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