Police have now launched a murder investigation after a south east London man disappeared after being seen in Croydon and Brixton.

34-year-old Justin Henry was first reported missing to police on October 16 – a day after he was last seen.

His family, who have not heard from him since, have described his behaviour as completely out of character.

The Met Police says officers have kept his family informed and supported as the nature investigation into his disappearance changes.

Justin, a SE23 resident, was last seen in person on October 15 at his partner's home in Brixton.

Investigators are now tracing his movements from that evening and the early hours of October 16.

CCTV footage reveals that Justin was spotted around 9.50pm at a McDonald's drive-thru on London Road, Croydon, on October 15.

Justin picked up his fast food and possibly drove his silver Mercedes E Class to Waddon New Road where the vehicle stood for a two-and-a-half-hour duration.

In the early hours of October 18, the same Mercedes was discovered in Kingswood Drive, SE19.

The car arrived Kingswood Drive at around 1am on October 16 but the driver was reportedly not Justin, according to his family, but the driver’s identity is still unknown due to blurry CCTV footage.

A 27-year-old woman was arrested on October 18 on suspicion of abduction associated with the case but has been bailed until mid-January 2024 pending further investigation.

The investigative team have been searching Croydon for forensic evidence and as well as through CCTV footage and phone records.

They are now calling on anyone with information to come forward urgently to assist the investigation.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter/X @MetCC. Please quote Operation Ashgulf or CAD 5224/21Oct.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Wood, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Sadly, yesterday we had to inform Mr Henry’s family that we are treating his disappearance as a murder investigation.

“You can only imagine how devastating this will be for all those who love and care for him. I know his loved ones will still be hoping and praying that Justin will still be found safe and well.

“However, the absence of any proof that Justin is alive, the circumstances around his disappearance, which his family say is totally out of character, and forensic evidence we have gathered, all suggest that he has come to serious harm and may have been murdered.

"Along with his family, we sincerely hope this is not the case, and that is why we are reaching out to the public to help us find out what has happened to him. Please think about the anguish of Justin’s family and if you have any information that could assist, contact us.

"Please search you memory, and if you think you can help, then call police, or you can call Crimestoppers, they are totally anonymous and never ask for your name. But however you choose, please do call if you think you have anything that could assist.

“Don’t worry if you think your information will not be important, it could be the vital piece of the puzzle that helps us find Justin and brings his family the answers they so desperately want, need and deserve.”