Alice Gross's suspected killer, Arnis Zalkalns, 'took his own life'


Schoolgirl Alice Gross's suspected killer, who was found hanged just days after her body was pulled from a river, "took his own life", a coroner has ruled.

The body of Arnis Zalkalns was discovered in Boston Manor Park, west London, in October last year, four days after 14-year-old Alice was found weighted down in the Grand Union Canal in Ealing.

Scotland Yard later said the 41-year-old Latvian - who had previously served seven years for murdering his wife in his home country - would have been charged with Alice's murder if he had still been alive.

At an inquest into Zalkalns' death at West London Coroner's Court, coroner Chinyere Inyama said: "There is no other reasonable alternative explanation. I record that Arnis Zalkalns took his own life."

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