Friday, 28 August 2020

Missing boy, 7, is found drowned alongside his hanged banking analyst mother, 35, in suspected murder

A missing seven-year-old boy has been found drowned at home alongside his hanged mother in a suspected murder-suicide. 

Banking analyst Yulia Gokcedag, 35, and her son Timur had been reported missing to the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday 12 August.

Police grew increasingly concerned about their welfare and broke into the £687,000 flat on the Isle of Dogs in east London the next day at 3.20am.  

Ms Gokcedag and her son Timur were found dead inside the property, with a post-mortem giving their causes of death as hanging and drowning.  

She married investment banker Mehmet Gokcedag, 50, in 2011 and they moved to London a year later, according to online profiles. 

Ms Gokcedag had shared Facebook photos of days out with her husband in London, a trip to his native Turkey and the couple cradling baby Timur after his birth in 2013. 

It is not clear if they were still together prior to her death.

Ms Gokcedag last worked as a data analyst at Moody's Investors Service and had won awards as a banker at Barclays, according to her Linkedin account. 

She gained a finance and economics degree at the Moscow Financial University before doing an academic English course at the London School of Economics.

Prior to moving to the UK she had worked at two financial services companies in south-east Russia. 

She was listed on Companies House as a British national and the director of two businesses.  

One was an educational services company and the other involved renting Housing Association properties. 

A former work colleague described her as a 'gentle, kind and very warm, ambitious young woman'.

'We both speak Russian and have little ones so had tonnes to talk about,' the friend told Sun Online. 

She was a very proud and happy mother, she was always thinking of what is best for her family,' she said.

'She also had lots of experience and was a team player. I am very sad she is gone.'

Her husband, who is Turkish, has a degree from Yale University and is vice president of the investment bank Bear Stearns, according to his LinkedIn. 

Mr Gokcedag is also trustee of Seeds for Growth, a charity which helps disadvantaged youngsters.  

Inquests into the deaths are set to be held at Poplar Coroner's Court on December 16.

The Metropolitan Police said that its directorate of professional standards (DPS) was informed.

A referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) which referred it back to the local professional standards unit which is currently investigating.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: 'Officers forced entry to the property and found Yulia and her son Timur unresponsive.

'Both were pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation was launched by the Met's Specialist Crime Command.

'Post mortem examinations determined the cause of death for Yulia to have been hanging and Timur's cause of death was drowning.

'Detectives investigating are not seeking any other persons in connection with the deaths.' 


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