Reward Offered in London Cold Case: Roy Bigg Discovered in Pub Freezer

London police are offering a reward of up to £20,000 ($24,260) for information connected to the 2012 disappearance of Roy Bigg, whose remains were found in a disused wine bar’s freezer in October 2021.

Bigg, who vanished in February 2012, was approximately 70 years old at the time of his death. His body was discovered by construction workers renovating the former Simpson’s Wine Bar on Romford Road, Forest Gate. A post-mortem examination did not definitively determine Bigg’s cause of death, but he was identified via dental records.

The exact duration Bigg’s body was in the freezer remains unknown. Despite the extended period since the body’s discovery, crucial details about Bigg’s activities and whereabouts between 2012 and 2021 are still missing.

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command emphasized the importance of gathering more information about Bigg’s life and his activities during the nine-year period. She stated, “We still need your help to identify who is responsible.”

The police are urging anyone familiar with Roy Bigg or who has any insights into his disappearance to contact them. Informants have the option to remain anonymous.

Authorities have released an image of Bigg, hoping it might encourage individuals who knew him, however briefly, to come forward with relevant information. Allen further urged, “If you knew Roy please do get in touch with us.”

Persons with knowledge about the case can contact the Metropolitan Police Incident Room directly on 020 8345 1570, call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CAD4332/15OCT21, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit The police continue to seek answers in this perplexing and tragic case.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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