A man and two women have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at home.
Shakira Spencer’s body was tragically uncovered after police forced their way into her apartment.
Officers scrambled to Ealing, west London, after concerns were raised for the 35-year-old’s safety.
A murder investigation is now underway with a post mortem due to take place to establish how she died.
The man, 25, and two women, aged 37 and 43, were later arrested.
DC Inspector Brian Howie, leading the investigation, suggested it is likely Ms Spencer was harmed in an urgent appeal for information.
“While we await the outcome of a post-mortem examination to confirm how Shakira died, all the information available points to the fact she has come to harm,” he said.
“I need to know why people would want to harm Shakira.”
Ms Spencer’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and “need answers” as they come to terms with the devastating loss.
Detectives are trying to understand more about Ms Spencer’s life as they investigate who might have wanted to harm her.
“I would urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, to get in touch with my team,” DC Howie added.
“This is a fast-moving investigation and arrests have been made but it is vital we gather as much relevant evidence as possible.”
Ms Spencer’s death has rocked the community where there will be an increase in police activity over the coming days.
Det Supt Sharon Brookes, of the West Area Command Unit, said: “I understand the alarm and concern this news will cause the local community in Hanwell where Shakira lived, and throughout the wider Ealing borough.
“A team of experienced detectives are now working diligently to ensure those responsible for this crime are identified and held to account.”
A 40-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman have been released on bail pending further enquiries after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Officers will be available in the area to reassure residents and address any concerns.