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LONDON, England -- Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man found the dismembered remains of his daughter-in-law inside his son's refrigerator while looking for milk, according to police and newspaper reports.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, the man had gone to the couple's £500,000 three-bedroom house in Kingston, southwest London and found no one was home.

After letting himself in and making a cup of tea, he opened the refrigerator to get some milk and found his daughter-in-law's dismembered body wrapped in plastic bags on the shelves, the paper said.

The man reportedly called police after finding the body and was said to be receiving counseling.

Detectives were looking for the man's son in relation to the incident, the Sun said.

"We would like to speak to the owner of the house, but that doesn't make him a suspect," Reuters quoted a police spokeswoman as saying.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman confirmed to the UK Press Association that a murder investigation had been launched following the discovery of a dismembered body at a Kingston address.

She said a "member of the public" alerted police to the body Tuesday night.

A post mortem was being held Thursday, and police were awaiting a formal identification of the woman's body and communication with next-of-kin, the spokeswoman said.
 
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