Man suspected of murdering sex offender and daughter found dead in cupboard.


Nathaniel Henry, 37, was the chief suspect in the gruesome 2017 double murder of Noel Brown, 69, and his 41-year-old daughter Marie Brown in Deptford, south-east London

A youth worker suspected of murdering a convicted sex offender and his daughter was found dead in a cupboard just weeks later, an inquest heard.

Nathaniel Henry, 37, had locked himself in flat from the inside and had taken a drug overdose.

He was the chief suspect in the gruesome murders of Noel Brown, who was jailed for sexually abusing two young girls, and his 41-year-old daughter Marie Brown.

Noel Brown, 69, was found partially dismembered at his home in Deptford, south-east London, and police believed his daughter was strangled after stumbling in on the grisly scene.

Henry’s decomposing remains were found in an electrical cupboard beneath his flat on New Year’s Eve in 2017, just over three weeks after he was last seen.

His disappearance on December 5 had sparked a massive search which involved police divers who scoured a lake.

He was last seen a day after the bodies of his two alleged victims were discovered on December 4.

Henry, who was reported missing a week later, had locked himself in the cupboard from the inside and had taken a drug overdose, the inquest heard.

Police said Henry, of Peckham, south-east London, was linked to the scene by forensic evidence and named him as a “significant suspect”.

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Friends described the youth mentor and basketball coach as a “dedicated father-of-three” and pillar of the local community.

Henry, who had been suffering with insomnia and depression, texted a friend to say he was “going to be missing” on December 5, the last day he was seen alive.

Police searched extensively for Henry across south-east London, including at Burgess Park, where a dive team scoured the lake and at the youth centre where he coached basketball.

Detectives finally found Henry’s decomposed body in a locked electrical store cupboard in the stairs leading to his flat.

Met Police’s DCI Simon Harding said: “He was lying down with a duvet covering his legs and wearing four layers of clothing.

Police believe Marie was strangled after stumbling in on the grisly scene

“He had personal effects with him, including his phone, some food with a sell by date of December 6 and a pack of tablets.

“The door lock was shoved with tissues from the inside and the key was attached to a set of his own keys.”

“He had sent a text message to a friend that day saying ‘I’m going to be missing’.

“There are reports he had not been eating and had lost weight.

“He was taking antidepressants and was registered at a south London mental health trust.”

An ambulance crew member pronounced Henry dead at the scene at 11:25am on December 31.

Declaring his death to be drug related, Senior Coroner Andrew Harris said: “He was known to be stressed and suffering insomnia and depression before his death.

“An autopsy was conducted and reviewed by a forensic pathologist, who concluded that there was no natural disease or injury found.

“The police concluded that the death was non-suspicious.”

DCI Harding confirmed there were no further lines of enquiry into the murders of Noel and Marie Brown.

Noel Brown convicted of sexually abusing two young girls and sentenced to eight years in 1999. He was released early in 2004.

In May 2018, police announced they had identified Henry as a “significant suspect”, but he was dead.

At the time, DCI Harding told reporters: “Parts of both his (Noel Brown’s) arms and a part of one of his legs have been removed from the scene and those have not been recovered.

“In my 27 years of policing, I have not seen anything quite like this.”

Man suspected of murdering sex offender and daughter found dead in cupboard.

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