LONDON (AP) — London police confirmed Friday that the body they pulled from the River Thames is that of Abdul Ezedi, a man wanted for a chemical attack that injured his ex-partner and their two young daughters.

The Metropolitan Police said his body was formally identified on Thursday and that his family has been informed of this fact. The force also said an autopsy confirmed his cause of death was drowning.

“As the public would expect, our investigations continue into this heinous attack,” said Commander Jon Savell. “The 31-year-old woman is still in hospital and remains in stable condition and is no longer sedated. We have not been able to speak to her yet, but we hope to do so as soon as she is sufficiently recovered.”

Police launched a nationwide search for Ezedi after the attack in the Clapham area of ​​south London on January 31 in which the mother-of-two was doused with corrosive alkali. Some of the chemical injured her 8-year-old daughter, while the 3-year-old girl’s head was hit on the ground.

Images of Ezedi shortly afterwards showed that he had significant injuries to the right side of his face, but his whereabouts were unknown. On 9 February, the Met said it believed Ezedi had probably “entered the water” after gathering CCTV footage of his movements after the attack.

The Met said the crew of a passing ship reported seeing a body in the water near the Tower of London on Monday afternoon and believed it was Ezedi.

British media reported that Ezedi is an Afghan refugee who was granted asylum despite being convicted of a sex crime in Britain in 2018. His asylum claim was initially rejected, but he was later allowed to remain in the UK. after claiming that he had converted to Christianity. , reported the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

By Sam