Murder probe after Watford street entertainer disappears
Police investigating the disappearance of a Watford street entertainer have begun a murder inquiry.
Mujib Rahman Hakim, 40, disappeared eight weeks ago after telling his family he was going to buy cigarettes.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police started a murder inquiry after learning he was assaulted outside Watford General Hospital after he vanished.
Three men have been arrested in connection with his disappearance and bailed until 20 September.
Mr Hakim, a university graduate, was last seen at 11:30 BST on 27 May.
Detectives found out on last Thursday that he was assaulted on the night he disappeared or some time shortly after.
Det Ch Insp Steve Collin, of the force's major crime unit, said there was no indication that Mr Hakim had attended the hospital that night and that officers were trying to establish a motive for the attack.
He said police were talking to Mr Hakim's associates in the town in an attempt to gain extra information.
"He was well-known in Watford town centre and I am sure people in the area would have some information," he said.
"He has vanished from the face of the planet."
Mr Hakim, one of seven brothers and sisters, is slim with short black hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall.
He was wearing a white jumper with black horizontal stripes, a cream sleeveless padded jacket, dark jeans and trainers, and may have had a beard.
He had failed to take with him medication for a mental condition when he disappeared.
Mr Hakim, who is known as Hak, has a degree in economics and social policy from Royal Holloway College in London.
His brother Muhith Hakim appealed for anyone with information to call the police.
"Mujib was an extremely intelligent man. It is out of character for him to disappear," he said.
As part of the investigation police have also searched a house in Garston, Watford.