Unsolved Murders

Annie Wyles

Age: 60

Sex: female

Date: 22 Jun 1928

Place: River Medway, Hadlow

Annie Wyles was found in the River Medway.

Her body was unidentified at first but after a description was circulated a woman who said that the woman had stayed with her for a couple of days shortly before her body was found and gave an address in Brookdale Road, Catford, where a man identified her as his mother Annie Wyles after looking at a photograph, some clothing and items such as her spectacles and a wrist watch.

He said that the last time her saw her alive was on 7 June 1928 when he had visited her in Bethnal Green Road. He said that she was a native of Tonbridge and that she was a widow and that her husband had died 20 years earlier.

The woman with whom Annie Wyles had stayed with said that Annie Wyles had called on her and claimed friendship with her mother and had stayed the night. She said that she seemed depressed and somewhat strange and that the following she had left for London on the 4.50pm train and that she had seen her off.

She said that when she later read the description in the newspaper she informed the police.

The Newspaper states that it was the second occasion in four months when there had been confusion as to the identity of a body after a man was recovered from the Medway and identified as Albert Hodge. However, a week later another body was found in the Medway and identified as the real Albert Hodge. It stated that the first body was buried in the name of Hodge.

see www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

see Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser - Friday 22 June 1928

see Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 29 June 1928