A MAN and woman have been arrested after they were ‘found walking down a street carrying a human torso in a suitcase’.
Police have now launched a murder probe – with it understood more body parts have been found in the surrounding area in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
It is understood the pair – a woman in her twenties from Birmingham and a man in his thirties from Wolverhampton – had been walking along a road near Coleford, Glos, when a passing police officer became suspicious of them and stopped to ask what was in the case.
Police were today granted an extra 36-hours to question the two people.
Detectives sealed off a large area of the Forest yesterday, with a number of forensic tents set up as work to identify the victim continues.
A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said: “Forensic testing is ongoing to establish the identity of the victim after human remains were found by police shortly after 11.30pm on Tuesday 12 May.
“A post-mortem examination is also taking place.:
Yesterday, police confirmed they had closed off the scene near the A4136 between Monmouth and Coleford.
They said: “Shortly after 11.30pm last night, Tuesday 12 May, officers discovered suspected human remains.
“Cordons are likely to remain in place for the rest of the day while enquiries continue to establish what has taken place and further forensic tests are being carried out on the remains.
“A woman from Birmingham aged in her 20s and a man from Wolverhampton aged in his 30s have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and remain in police custody today, Wednesday 13 May.”
The police search is centred around the Stowfield Quarry and surrounding area.
There was a large police presence in the area yesterday with roads to the scene all closed and a police helicopter hovering overhead.