Missing pensioner, 70, last seen 10 years ago, found dead in a freezer in an abandoned London pub

Missing pensioner, 70, last seen 10 years ago, is found dead in a freezer in a disused London pub

  • Retired Roy Bigg, 70, went missing in Newham, London, in February 2012
  • Missing person’s call said ‘We’ll be there for you when you’re ready’
  • But today, police revealed that Mr Bigg had been found dead in a former cafe freezer
  • It was discovered last year by stunned builders who were renovating the property

A pensioner who went missing ten years ago has been found dead in a freezer in a disused pub.

Roy Bigg is believed to have been around 70 when he disappeared in Newham, London, in February 2012.

He has since been the subject of a Missing People appeal, with the poster appearing to believe he could still be alive.

But builders who renovated the former Simpson’s Wine Bar on Romford Road, Forest Gate, made the grim discovery.

The Met Police announced today that Mr Bigg’s body had been found in a freezer in the basement of the property.

Bewildered workers discovered his remains around 3 p.m. on October 15 last year, but detectives didn’t announce the find until today.

Retired Roy Bigg, 70, went missing in Newham, London, in February 2012, police say

The former Simpson's Wine Bar on Romford Road, Forest Gate, where the grim find was made

The former Simpson’s Wine Bar on Romford Road, Forest Gate, where the grim find was made

Chief Inspector Kelly Allen of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “We believe Roy’s body has been in the freezer for several years.

“By talking to people who knew him, we can determine not only his lifestyle and habits, but also when he was last seen.

‘If you knew Roy, please contact us – his date of birth was September 8, 1944, we think he would be about 70 years old when he died.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s been a long time since you knew him or if you only knew him briefly, any information can be vital to our investigation.”

The phrasing of the Missing People appeal suggested he was thought to be alive

The phrasing of the Missing People appeal suggested he was thought to be alive

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death inconclusive.

Mr Bigg could only be identified through his dental records.

When he went missing, it turned out that there had been hope that he was still alive.

The Missing Persons Call said, “Roy, we’ll be there when you’re ready; we can listen, tell you what help you need, deliver a message for you and help you be safe.’

DCI Allen added: “We have released an image of Roy and we hope that everyone who knew him will take the time to come forward and talk to us.

If you don’t want to speak to the police directly, contact Crimestoppers anonymously, but whatever you do, please call.”

Anyone who knew Roy Bigg should call the Incident Room on 020 8345 1570, 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD4332/15OCT21.

To remain 100% anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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