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Murder investigation launched after missing Camden Town barmaid found dead in Finsbury Park

Police believe 22-year-old was attacked on Christmas Eve

28 December, 2017 — By William McLennan

A BARMAID at the World’s End pub who went missing on Christmas Eve has been found dead in a park, leading detectives to launch a murder investigation.

The body of Juliana (Julie) Tudos, who was at the centre of a search after she failed to meet friends on Christmas Day, was discovered by a member of the public in an outbuilding near to a sports pitch in Finsbury Park.

Police believe the 22-year-old, who had been working at the Camden Town pub since April, was attacked on Christmas Eve.  A post-mortem carried out today gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen and a head injury, police said.

She was last seen by friends in Camden Road around 8pm on December 24 wearing an Agnostic Front band hoodie, a World’s End t-shirt and a black-and-white bag with the slogan “fighting against animal testing”.

Friends and staff at the pub put up posters around Camden Town and appealed for help online this week. News of her death has shocked the close-knit community of publicans in the area.

Henry Conlon, landlord at the Dublin Castle and chairman of the Camden Inner London Licensees Association, said: “This is heartbreaking news. Bar staff in Camden Town have nurtured into their own very strong ‘family’. Staff from bars and clubs care for each other and look out for each other. I’ve watched friendships blossom. Young people arrive from all walks of life and different parts of the world. They fall under the spell and become life-long international friends. They make this world a smaller, more lovelier place to be. This family will pull together and support one another. I have no doubt that they will not let the blessed memory of Juliana fade away.”

Police in Finsbury Park

He added: “These young bar staff are often the drive behind Camden’s unique vibe. They bring their own gift of influence and culture to enhance this beautiful thing that’s loved the world over. I’m sure Juliana brought her own treasures, style and persona to tease and bless all around her. I wasn’t graced to know her but I already feel a great loss through the communities reactions on social media. There’s a sense of tremendous sadness.”

DCI Nicola Wall, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, appealed to the public to come forward with any information that could help officers.

She said: “We believe that she may have been attacked on Saturday, 24 December – Christmas Eve – but we want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in that part of Finsbury Park over the Christmas period.

“We are still trying to piece together a timeline of events and are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry as regards to a motive”

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