A manhunt has been launched after the murder of a sex worker in Earls Court.

Detectives urgently want to trace Robert Richard Fraser, who is also known as Robert Aleem and Shia Robert Jackson, in connection with the murder of Maria Duque-Tunjano.

The 48-year-old sex worker was found dead in a flat in Earls Court Square on January 31. It is believed she had also robbed of cash and her body had lay undiscovered for a number of days.

Police are linking the murder with an attack on a female sex worker in Paddington on January 18, where a woman, aged in her 20s, was assaulted and robbed, but was she was not seriously injured.

While formal identification awaits, the police have confirmed that the deceased is Maria Duque-Tunjano, a British national originally from Columbia who lived in Streatham. A post mortem at Westminster Mortuary on Sunday February 2 found she had suffered a blunt trauma to the head. Next of kin have been informed.

Murder victim Maria Duque-Tunjano
Murder victim Maria Duque-Tunjano
 

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who leads the investigation said: "We have established that Maria was last seen alive on Tuesday, 28 January. We also understand she was in the company of a man and our primary focus is to trace him as part of this investigation.

"It is now our belief that this man was also responsible for an attack on another female sex worker in Paddington. It is imperative that we trace him as soon as possible.

"We have spoken to organisations with links to those who work in the sex industry to make them aware of this incident and pass on the message that personal safety of sex workers is of paramount importance."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For an immediate sighting of Robert Richard Fraser, dial 999.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts, or who has information which could assist the investigation, is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.