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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Hotel murder man had 'two names'
Yermia Yunataev
Police are anxious to speak to the man on the left
A man who was murdered at a central London hotel is now believed to have been known by a second name.

Detectives said the man, who was killed in a room of the Marriott Hotel, near Oxford Street last month, was known as Simon Turkov and Yermia Yunataev.

His body was found after bloody clothes and documents from the hotel were found dumped at a Kent Eurotunnel terminal.

Mr Yunataev, 45, is believed to have had links with the Dorset area. An inquest was adjourned until 21 April.

Israeli passport

On Tuesday, CCTV footage was released of Mr Yunataev walking with a white man in Gloucester Road, South Kensington, at about 0340 BST on 28 March, after leaving the Grosvenor Casino.

Detectives have flown to Israel as part of the investigation after being initially baffled as to Mr Yunataev's identity.

He was believed to have had an Israeli passport, but is thought to have checked into the hotel under a false name.

Police say Mr Yunataev was probably strangled.

An inquest, opened and adjourned at Westminster Coroner's Court on 1 April, gave the provisional cause of death as asphyxiation.




SEE ALSO:
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