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Missing EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie was murdered and her dismembered body dumped in a canal just hours after she attended a hospital opening ceremony, police revealed today.
The limbless torso found in Regent's Canal was confirmed to be that of the 29-year-old today, as her 35-year-old brother Tony remained in custody for questioning.
Officers are reviewing CCTV footage of her attending the opening of the £650million Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, East London, shortly before her disappearance last Thursday.
Detective Superintendent Fiona Mallon, who is leading the Scotland Yard investigation, said: 'It is important that we piece together Gemma's movements from Wednesday February 29 until the discovery in Regent's Canal in Hackney on Tuesday.
'We also urge anyone with any significant information about this case to contact us as soon as possible. In particular we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity around her home address in Pelter Street in Bethnal Green.'
Miss McCluskie was reported missing to police two days after going missing. Her body was found when a member of the public reported a suspicious object floating close to Hackney's famous Broadway Market near her home.
Police divers are still searching for Miss McCluskie's remaining body parts.
The former TV star, who played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap, had told friends she was 'terrified of a man' in the weeks before she vanished, it has emerged.
Yesterday neighbours of the 29-year-old reported hearing a loud argument at her home hours before she disappeared.
A former schoolfriend told the Sun: 'It's shocking. But she was terrified of this man.'
Sources said the body was naked and the arms, legs and head had been cut off with a sharp tool.
A distinctive tattoo led detectives to believe the body might be that of the former soap star.
The actress was pictured at the hospital event wearing a yellow long-sleeved blouse with a round neck, and navy-blue leggings. She was also carrying a two-toned Louis Vuitton bag with beige handles.
Miss McCluskie’s brother Tony was arrested on Wednesday when officers raided the East London home they shared with their mother.
Hours earlier he had joined family members in an increasingly frantic search for his sister, who had been missing since last Thursday.
He told friends her disappearance was ‘completely’ out of character and she had never been missing before.
‘We are going out of our mind with worry,’ he said. ‘She is a bubbly, outgoing, strong and independent woman.’
A post-mortem examination on the torso was carried out today but Scotland Yard said the test was inconclusive.
Officers believe they know the identity of the victim but further tests need to be carried out.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: 'A murder investigation is underway after the discovery of the female torso close to the Broadway Market stretch of the canal on Tuesday, March 6.
'Police were initially contacted by a member of the public who had noticed something suspicious floating in the water. The torso was recovered by drivers from the MPS
'Marine Support Unit and additional searches are due to be carried out in the water.'
Miss McCluskie appeared in more than 30 episodes of the BBC soap opera as teenage temptress Kerry Skinner in 2001.
The part was her only high-profile acting role and it is thought more recently she may have been acting as a carer for her elderly mother, who lived with her and her ex-builder brother.
Former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed on Twitter for help in finding her.
Their £280,000 maisonette in Bethnal Green was last night sealed off and was being searched by forensics officers. They also towed away the family's 2009 VW Polo overnight for tests.
Neighbours said they were stunned by the developments.
Margaret O’Carroll, who lives two doors away, said news of the body being found could ‘kill’ Miss McCluskie’s mother, Pauline, who is currently in hospital suffering from a tumour.
She said the 56-year-old had been ill for several years and walked with the aid of sticks.
‘I don’t know what Pauline would do without Gemma,’ she added.
‘Gemma used to take her mum everywhere in her car. The whole family are quite pleasant.
'She lived here with her mum and her brother Tony. He was always very quiet.’
She was in hospital before Gemma's disappearance and neighbours fear the recent revelations will have an even greater impact on her health.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: 'Their mother is very sick with brain cancer. She is in and out of hospital but was back in when Gemma disappeared.
'I can't think what this will do to her, it is absolutely sad, so surreal it is happening.'
Neighbour of 20 years John, who did not wish to reveal his full name, described Miss McCluskie as a ‘happy-go-lucky girl’ who had never boasted about her TV past.
He said: 'She didn’t deserve this. None of the family deserved this.
'I really don’t think her mum will recover from her disappearance and Tony’s arrest.
'We were totally shocked when she disappeared, it is so out of character. Now all this... shock doesn’t begin to describe it.'
The torso was found in Regent’s Canal on Tuesday afternoon. The discovery was made in a busy area of the canal packed with houseboats, close to the popular Broadway Market.
More than 100 people, including Miss McCluskie’s second brother Danny, mounted a high-profile search, which former EastEnders stars Martine McCutcheon and Brooke Kinsella helped to promote on Twitter.
During the search Tony McCluskie changed his Facebook page to display simply a poster of his sister’s photograph alongside an appeal for information.
Last night the family said they did not want to speak following the discovery of the body.