The identity of a murder victim whose dismembered torso was found in a suitcase in a Peterborough home could take several days to confirm, according to police.
The body of a woman was found in a house in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, at about 12.30pm on Friday (June 5). The body, discovered in a suitcase, was missing its arms, legs and head.
Our priority is to identify her and find where these other body parts are.DCI Adam Gallop
Detective chief inspector Adam Gallop, who is leading the investigation, said identifying the victim was a key priority.
“It’s a shocking and gruesome discovery for all those that attended the scene and have been involved in it. The female has been through an ordeal and we need to establish what the events were leading up to that.
“Our priority is to identify her and find where these other body parts are.
“Each case of this kind is different. We have got some positive lines of inquiry at the moment. Hopefully we will be able to make a positive identification, but that may take several days.”
According to police tenants who lived at the property noticed a “putrid” smell coming from the room on Friday and alerted their landlord.
After investigating the smell police were immediately called and discovered the torso inside the suitcase.
Police today (Saturday) released an image of Lithuanian national Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, pictured, who they want to trace in connection with the murder. The last reported sighting of him was on May 30, when he was taken to work in Huntingdon by a friend. Officers are also looking for a woman, believed to be Mr Jokubauskas’ partner, who is only described as being about 40, slim, with black hair and also Lithuanian.
According to police Mr Jokubauskas lived in the room of the shared house where the suitcase was found.
Anyone with information should contact the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.