Kew has "lost its community feel", according to one neighbour of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, whose body was found in a shallow grave on March 6. 

Laureline, 34, went missing on Monday, with police saying that it was "out of character".

Sadly, her body was found in a garden on Darell Road. Police have put up a forensic tent in the back garden where the body was found.

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Police forensics officers in an alleyway at the back of properties on Darell Road in Kew. © PA

One neighbour in her sixties said: "She lived there for about 18 months - you barely saw her, but you could hear her.

"She always spoke in French and was very loud, chatting on the phone at all hours.

"I used to see her walking her dogs, one rottweiler and one husky, they were beautiful, they didn't make a lot of noise.

"She was on her own as far as I'm aware, I never saw anyone coming in and out apart from her.

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Police forensics continue to gather forensics. © PA

"I didn't know anything had happened until police knocked on my door to ask questions.

"I've lived here 48 years, this place has lost its community feel."

Another neighbour said: "There's not much I can say other than she was nice enough, I used to say hello.

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"She lived alone I think. Nobody else was there but the dogs, she loved them."

Residents also confirmed the woman in the police photos did live at the address on Darell Road.

The house, worth more than £800,000, had been split into two flats.

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A police cordon remains in place. © PA

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A police cordon remains in place. © Tom Barnes

A single reclinable sofa chair could be seen outside the terraced house where the victim was believed to have lived.

The murder scene lies just 30 foot from Darell Primary and Nursery School.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 4439/05MAR

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