Grays man arrested on suspicion of murder after West Thurrock man disappears

ESSEX Police has arrested a man in connection with our ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 27-year-old Valentin Kachanov from West Thurrock.

The 22-year-old man from Grays was arrested on Monday 29 April on suspicion of murder and released on bail until Thursday 23 May.


Valentin was last seen on Friday 8 February and was at the intu Lakeside shopping centre at 10am.

Enquiries remain ongoing to establish his movements after this point. He was last in contact with his family in Bulgaria via a phone call at 7.40pm.

He has not been in contact with anyone since.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore said: “It is absolutely out of character for Valentin to not contact his family for such a long period of time and although I remain open minded I am now treating his disappearance as a murder enquiry.

“We’re continuing to try and build a picture of the circumstances and reasons for his disappearance, and are carrying out extensive enquiries to help us find out what has happened to him.

“Clearly, we and his family are extremely concerned and we continue to ask for anyone with information to get in touch, as the smallest piece of information could be vital.”

We are also keen to speak to anyone with dash cam or CCTV footage taken on London Road between 6pm and 9pm on the evening of Friday 8 February.

Call the North Major Crime team on 101 or email

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at

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