The body of an elderly man who was first reported missing in 2012 has finally been found frozen in the freezer of an abandoned London pub, almost 10 years after he disappeared.

The investigating officers believe that the remains uncovered in the London pub belong to a missing pensioner, identified as Roy Biggs, who had disappeared on Feb. 1, 2012, from Newham, East London. He was reportedly 67 years old at the time of his disappearance, New York Post reported.

Biggs' body was reportedly discovered inside a freezer at the pub at around 3 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2021, while construction workers were renovating what used to be Simpson’s Wine Bar on Romford Road, Forest Gate, Newham. The freezer was situated in the basement of the building. Even though the shocking discovery was made months ago, however, the body's identity has only been recently confirmed.

“We believe that Roy’s body may have been in the freezer for a number of years," Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said.

Biggs’ remains were reportedly identified through his dental records. According to the police, a post-mortem examination was inconclusive on his cause of death, the Mirror reported.

Meanwhile, the detectives who are investigating his death have released the elderly man’s photo in order to track down his relatives or anyone who knew him.

“Speaking to people who knew him will help us establish not only his lifestyle and habits, but also when he was last seen,” Allen said.

“If you knew Roy please do get in touch with us – his birth date was September 8, 1944, we believe he would have been aged around 70 when he died," he added.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s been a long time since you knew him, or if you only knew him briefly, any information may be of real significance to our inquiries,” Allen concluded.

In a similar but unrelated incident, the mummified body of a 70-year-old Italian woman, identified as Marinella Beretta, 70, who reportedly had no living relatives, was found sitting in a chair in the living room of her home in Prestino, near Lake Como in northern Italy on Feb. 4, Latin Times reported.

Officers made the gruesome discovery after they went to Beretta’s home while they were carrying out a house call to warn Beretta regarding a tree that had fallen into her "overgrown" garden during high winds in Lombardy.

When nobody answered the door, they entered the residence and found Beretta's corpse sitting in a chair in the living room. The circumstances that led to her death currently remain unclear. However, a medical examiner revealed that she possibly passed away toward the end of 2019, based on the level of decay in her body.

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