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Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information after property developer William John Saunderson-Smith, 58, was found murdered at his home in Dewhurst Road, Brook Green on October 21.

Police say forensic officers who have searched two addresses used by Mr Saunderson-Smith, in Dewhurst Road, W14, and Sedlescombe Road in SW6, have seized approximately £150,000 in cash found in several plastic bags, lying about in the properties.

Mr Saunderson-Smith's body was discovered at his home in Dewhurst Road on Friday October 21, and a post-mortem examination at Fulham mortuary gave the cause of death as head injury.

An incident room is open at Hendon under Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Howard Groves (HSCC).

DCI Groves said: "At present details regarding Mr Saunderson-Smith's life, and the events leading up to his death, remain sketchy.

" Whilst local enquiries are ongoing, we are now extending our appeals to anyone who knew Mr Saunderson-Smith from
his frequent visits to gay clubs in and around the Old Brompton Road and Kennington areas. This could be crucial in assisting us to build a complete picture about his life.

"I must stress that we are not treating this as a homophobic crime, however we are keeping an open mind as to the reasons behind his murder.

" We understand that Mr Saunderson-Smith had a number of people in his life though business and leisure interests, I am urging anyone who knew him to contact us."

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the incident room on 020 8247 7821; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There has been no arrest at present.


November 11, 2011