Police follow up Irish connection as hunt continues for man after woman's beheaded body found in suitcase
Police hunting a man in connection with the murder of a woman found dismembered in a suitcase confirm they are following up suspicions he may be in Ireland.
Factory worker Vitautas Jokubauskas, from Lithuania, had been renting out a house where officers found a woman's torso without arms, legs or a head locked in a suitcase on Friday.
Detectives said the 57-year-old has not been since May 30 when he was taken to work in Huntingdon by a friend.
Speaking to Independent.ie, Cambridgeshire police said they were following up on reports that Mr Jokubauskas had "associates currently in Ireland."
"It is a very loose connection, however we believe one of Mr Jokubauskas' associates is currently in Ireland, therefore we are not ruling it out as a possibility that he may also be there."
Police said they were "very concerned" for the welfare of his girlfriend, who has not been seen for some time.
Yesterday, police have released a picture of Mr Jokubauskas, and Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop said they were looking into the possibility that he may have fled to eastern Europe or Ireland, where he is known to have connections.
"We are very keen to trace Mr Jokubauskas and we are clearly very concerned for the welfare of his partner, who has also not been seen for some time.
"Investigations are ongoing to determine where this murder took place and our priorities are to locate Mr Jokubauskas."
A Garda spokesperson declined to comment on whether Mr Jokubauskas could be in Ireland.
No formal identification has taken place on the remains found in the 57-year-old's apartment, but police said they were keen to locate his partner, a Lithuanian woman described as being in her 40s, slim and with black hair.
They were called by the landlord of the property after other tenants complained about a "nasty" smell coming from a room that used to be occupied by the factory worker.
He had been letting the property in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, where the body of the unnamed woman was found.
The body has since been removed and a post mortem examination is due to take place at Peterborough City Hospital on Monday.
"I would urge anyone who thinks they have seen Mr Jokubauskas or recognises the description of his partner to contact police as soon as possible, said Chief Inspector Gallop.
"Anyone who sees him should not approach him and should contact police immediately," added the senior officer, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.
He said the murder was being treated as an isolated incident.