Warning not to approach man wanted in connection with Peterborough murder

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The man wanted in connection with the gruesome murder of a woman in Peterborough should not be approached by the public, say police.

Officers are trying to trace Lithuanian national Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, pictured, in connection with the discovery of a woman’s torso in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, just after midday on Friday (June 5).

The fact that he appears to have vanished from where he was living and hasn’t been seen at work means we would like to get a hold of him.

DCI Adam Gallop

Mr Jokubauskas had been letting the property where the body was found.

Detective chief inspector Adam Gallop, leading the investigation, has urged anyone who sees Mr Jokubauskas to call police immediately.

He said; “I can’t fully assess what he is capable of apart from wanting him in connection with this gruesome offence. That suggests that I should not be encouraging the public to approach him.

“The fact that he appears to have vanished from where he was living and hasn’t been seen at work means we would like to get a hold of him.”

The woman’s body was found in a suitcase with no arms, legs or head.

The body has not been identified, but police are keen to trace a woman, believed to be Mr Jokubauskas’ partner, who is only described as being about 40, slim, with black hair and also Lithuanian. No further details on her are known at this time.

DCI Gallop added: “We have got some specific areas that we have started to look at. We now need the public to know that we are looking for Mr Jakubauskas and his girlfriend. She doesn’t appear to be very well known with the people we have managed to make inquiries with so far.

“We have conducted more research into Mr Jakubauskas’ background but there is more work to be done in terms of uncovering his history. One of the problems tracking him down is the amount of information we have got.

“It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he has returned home to Lithuania or is elsewhere in Europe. He also has a connection to Ireland.”

DCI Gallop said police were also looking to talk to a number of individuals who may be able to help with their inquiries. Some were within Peterborough and some were outside.

Mr Jakubauskas is a factory worker. The last reported sighting of him was on May 30, when he was taken to work in Huntingdon by a friend.

A cordon has been put up at the property in Mayor’s Walk and police, including scenes of crime officers, remain at the premises.

The body has been removed from the house and a post mortem examination is due to take place at Peterborough City Hospital on Monday.

Police are working with people in Mayor’s Walk to monitor the impact of the murder.

DCI Gallop said: “Local police officers will be talking with the community and assessing the impact. At the moment the reports that we have are not that the level of concern is high. But the details that are coming out are fresh, so we will be monitoring carefully the impact and any concerns in the community.

“This is an isolated incident that appears to have happened behind closed doors.”

Further reading:

Police appeal to trace Lithuanian man after woman’s torso found in suitcase in Peterborough home.

Identity of dismembered Peterborough murder victim ‘could take days to confirm’.