A father-of-two and a 27-year-old woman have both been charged after a woman’s body was found “sawed in half” and shoved into suitcases in a forest outside of Birmingham, England.
According to local reports, the remains of an unidentified woman were discovered near a quarry in the Forest of Dean on Tuesday night. This comes after a member of the public reported a vehicle driving erratically in the area, a source close to the investigation told The Sun that the alleged scene of the crime was “like a bloodbath.”
Now, authorities are saying that a post-mortem examination was inconclusive and that further examinations are needed to establish the victim’s identity and cause of death. But still, police were able to arrest and charge two suspects: Gareeca Conita Gordon, who was charged with murder, and Mahesh Sorathiya, who was charged with assisting an offender.
These two made an appearance at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court via video on Saturday morning. Neither one of them entered a plea, but Sorathiya’s lawyer asked the judge to grant his client bail. Both defendants were denied bail and remanded in custody.
Residents in the area of the crime described an odd burning smell shortly before the two suspects were arrested.
“It was actually strong enough for me to smell inside the house,” one resident told The Daily Mail. “I actually came outside to see what it was. I’ve never smelt anything similar around here. What it was, I can’t tell you, but it was strange.”
In a statement to The Telegraph, DCI John Turner described the incident as “distressing” and said that investigators were “working around the clock to fully understand what has happened.” Police have since searched the area where the suitcases were found, using trained sniffing dogs over the course of three days, but no other body parts have been found.