Efforts by the Santacruz police to trace the identity of the woman whose partially decomposed body was found in a suitcase at Juhu Koliwada last month have yielded no fruition as yet.
The identification of the body is crucial to take the investigation to the next level. But with no leads in the case, the police are baffled about what the recourse is.
“In most murder cases, the deceased leads the police to the murderer as we interrogate persons known to the deceased, his/her enemies and eventually, we find out the motive behind the crime. In this case, the deceased is unknown and hence there is nothing that we can do to move the investigation ahead,” said a police officer from the Santacruz police station, on condition of anonymity.
On March 10, Durai Swami, a sweeper, found the body of a 35-year-old woman wrapped in a blanket and stuffed into a suitcase at Juhu Koliwada.
She did not have any paper or identification documents on her.
The woman was found wearing a top and shorts. There were strangulation marks on her neck.
It was later confirmed that the woman had been murdered and a case under section 302 of IPC was registered against unidentified persons at the Santacruz police station.
A police officer from the Santacruz police station said that because the body was decomposed, they could not release the photographs of her face.
They described her appearance and the clothes she was wearing to police stations across the city. But so far, they have received no response.
Moreover, the police did not find any brand name on the suitcase in which the body was found.
“The clothes that the woman was wearing also did not have any labels. Hence, it is difficult to trace her on the basis of her belongings,” said Madhukar Chaudhari, senior police inspector of Santacruz police station.
The police suspect that the woman hailed from a well-off family.
However, no missing person’s complaint of a woman resembling her description has been filed on or before the body being found.