By Peter McLaren-Kennedy •
Updated: 16 Oct 2022 • 21:51
DJ Koray Alpergin - Credit Instagram
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet named the man as DJ Koray Alpergin aged 43.
Altan Akturk, a friend of Alpergin wrote on social media: “My dear friends from London on my page; My friend and colleague dear Koray and his girlfriend, who are well known to the public in London, have unfortunately been missing since Thursday.”
Tributes to the popular DJ have flooded in with Ismail Karakas, from Turkish Press, describing Mr Alpergin as “London’s beloved Radio DJ”.
He said: “London Turkish Society mourns! We express our condolences to Tuncay Beykozlu, the bereaved father of Koray, and his loved ones.
“As Turkish Press Newspaper, we wish God to have mercy on the late DJ Koray who left us at a young age. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.”
T-Vine news wrote: “We are devastated by DJ Koray “Bizim FM” Alpergin’s untimely death. He was a brilliant, universally loved man who brought joy to thousands with his radio shows.
“Our deepest condolences to Koray’s family, friends and the entire community.”
The police announced the arrests on Sunday, October 16 following the discovery of the man’s body on Saturday. According to a statement, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s were abducted in North London on Thursday evening.
The woman who was known to the man was found unharmed by officers.
The death of the man, whose body was found close to Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton, is being treated as suspicious.
The men were arrested and remain in custody following an investigation by officers who responded to the alert just before 2 pm on Friday that the man and woman were missing. They had apparently last been seen the night before.
The statement issued by the police said: “Detectives believe the man reported missing is the man found in Loughton.
“A post-mortem examination and formal identification will take place in due course.”
Detective Chief Inspector Kate Kieran of the Specialist Crime Directorate, said: “This is a very complex and fast-moving investigation involving multiple units across the (Met), as well as invaluable support from our colleagues in Essex Police.
“While the investigation remains at an early stage, a key line of inquiry is that the man and woman were taken against their will in a vehicle on Thursday night.”
Scotland Yard, who have asked anyone with information to come forward, are handling the case as the body of the man was found in Greater London. Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are believed to be providing ongoing support with the case in which the three men were arrested after a man’s body was discovered.
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