Police have named a man they urgently need to speak to in connection with a murder investigation where a body was found in a burning car in Ifield.
Detectives are looking for Christopher Raymond Jeffrey-Shaw, 26, from the Lewisham area of London and need to hear from anyone who knows of his whereabouts or has any information about him.
Shortly after 2pm on Friday, March 13, a Volkswagen Jetta car parked close to Ifield Golf Club in Rusper Road was reported to be on fire.
When fire crews attended, they found a body in the boot of the car, which had suffered extensive fire damage. A post mortem has revealed the body is that of a woman possibly aged in her 20s. The cause of death has been given as smoke inhalation. Officers are still trying to identify who she is.
Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: “We need to urgently trace Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw in connection with this murder inquiry.
“A young woman has died in horrific circumstances. If anyone has any knowledge of where this man is or may know the identity of the victim, please come forward.”
“Also we would like to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously or the vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, in Rusper Road, Ifield on Friday, March 13, between 2pm and 3pm.
Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw is described as 6′, of stocky build with dark hair, and has a stubbly goatee beard.
A 34-year-old woman from Dulwich, London, who was arrested on suspicion for conspiracy to murder, has been released on bail until 30 March.
If you see Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw do not approach him. Phone Sussex police on 101 or email email@example.com quoting Operation Maderia or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.