Joy Morgan: Remains found in search for murdered student

The man convicted of the student’s murder has refused to reveal the location of her body

BODY FOUND: Joy Morgan

HUMAN REMAINS discovered in woodland in Stevenage could be those of murdered student Joy Morgan.

Police confirmed yesterday that they were investigating whether the body could be the student’s.

A member of public contacted the police after they found the remains on Saturday October 5 at around 7.43am in woodland off Chadwell Road, Stevenage.

Morgan, 20, was murdered in December 2018 by Shohfah-El Israel, a member of the Israel United in Christ church in Ilford, east London, which Morgan also attended.

The midwifery student was reported missing in February after her mother was informed by an estate agent that Morgan had not paid her rent and she was unable to get in contact with her. No one from Morgan’s church, which she regularly attended, reported her missing.

Israel, 40, has refused to reveal the location of the midwife student’s body.

A married man, Israel spent two days with Morgan before he murdered her. He initially lied to police and told them that he drove Morgan to her student accommodation in Hatfield after a church function on Boxing Day, the day she was last seen. 

Israel was convicted of her killing in August and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

As well as her body, Israel has not shared the whereabouts of Morgan’s phone, which has never been found. The last known location of Morgan’s phone was the Stevenage area on December 28 2018.

Morgan’s family have been informed of the discovery of a body in Stevenage.

A post-mortem was due to take place today.

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