A man who police believe was homeless has been stabbed to death in a car park in Crystal Palace.

A murder investigation was launched after the body of Ion Radu, 46, was found in a car park in Homelands Drive.

Metropolitan Police officers were called at 9.24am on Thursday after a member of the public found Mr Radu unresponsive.

He was confirmed dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the liver.

Detective chief inspector Sal Minhas, who is leading the investigation, said: “I am very keen to hear from anyone who saw Ion in the 48 hours before he died.

“We think that Ion may have been homeless and potentially vulnerable. We think he was a familiar face in the area and may have engaged with local people.

“Did you know Ion? Did you see him recently, either on his own or in the company of someone else? If you spoke to him, was he worried or upset about anything?

“We are working to build a picture of Ion’s life and we need the public to help us.

“If you have information that you want to share, no matter how insignificant it might seem, please get in touch.”

Police said enquiries are ongoing to trace any living relatives.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting 1924/01JUNE.

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