Hampstead Heath pond death woman named as police appeal for witnesses

A photo of Sussie Ahlburg released by police today

A photo of Sussie Ahlburg released by police today - Credit: Archant

A woman who was found dead at a swimming pond on Hampstead Heath has been identified by police today.

She was Sussie Ahlburg, a 50-year-old photographer from Holborn.

Police are now appealling for witnesses following the discovery of her body at Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing Pond at about 2.30pm yesterday.

Ms Ahlburg was reported missing by her family at about 9.20pm on Sunday when she did not return home from swimming at the pond that day.

Her body was yesterday recovered by divers from the Marine Police Unit.


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A post mortem is due to take palce at St Pancras Mortuary.

Det Sgt Trevor Plub, from Camden CID, said: “Sussie’s death is being treated as unexplained but we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen her around the ladies’ pond during Sunday August 4.

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“Sussie is 5ft 10in tall, slim, greying hair, long legs, wearing a white Speedo swimming hat, blue/transparent prescription swimming goggles, dark navy/black tankini.

“She would have travelled to the pond using her folding black Brompton bicycle.

“Anyone who has any information or who was in the area at the time is asked to call police on 101.”

Sussie Ahlburg was born in Stockholm and took up photography at an early age. After moving to London she studied photography at Central School of Art.

Her work has been featured in many illustrious publications, such as The Guardian, The Times magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC Music Magazine.

She recently had a book, Photograph your own Art and Craft, published by A&C Black, according to her professional website.

Ms Ahlburg has been commissioned to photograph portraits by musicians, artists and record labels, such as Decca, EMI, Chandos and Hyperion, and her extensive portfolio is featured in part on her website.

In recent years, she had begun to make films, creating moving images for the series of live music nights called This Isn’t For You.

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