Friday 30 September 2016

Body of missing woman found 'dismembered' in flat, police say

Claire Hayhurst

Published 25/04/2015 | 15:31

Victim Tracey Woodford
South Wales Police /PA Wire
Victim Tracey Woodford South Wales Police /PA Wire

The body of a missing woman found at a flat in south Wales was dismembered, police have said.

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Tracey Woodford, 47, from the Pontypridd area, was last seen by family at about 12.45pm on Tuesday and was reported missing the following day.

Inquiries into her disappearance revealed that she left the Skinny Dog Public House with a man on Tuesday evening.

A police officer searching the man's flat, at Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig, discovered the dismembered body just before 3pm yesterday.

The man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

A spokesman for South Wales Police described the incident as "serious and traumatic".

Victim Tracey Woodford
South Wales Police /PA Wire
Victim Tracey Woodford South Wales Police /PA Wire

The spokesman said: "Police can confirm that a dismembered body was found at the address, which has been identified as 47-year-old Tracey Woodford, who has been missing since Tuesday April 21.

"Next of kin have been informed and police would urge the media to demonstrate responsible reporting of this serious and traumatic incident.

"A 50-year-old man remains in police custody and is assisting police with our inquiries.

"The suspect's address - and other identified scenes - are now subject to the police investigation and subsequent searches.

"The victim's family is receiving support from specially trained officers and South Wales Police has a team of detectives and the support of specialist resources working on this inquiry.

"South Wales Police would like to reassure the community that this is an isolated incident and we currently have an individual in custody."

Earlier, Detective superintendent Paul Hurley appealed for anyone at the Skinny Dog between 9pm and 11pm on Tuesday to come forward.

Detective superintendent Paul Hurley said: "We would like to speak to anybody who thinks they may have information that can help our investigation.

"No matter how insignificant the information may seem, we would like people to contact us.

"In particular, we want to speak to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of Andrews Court, Rickards Street, where the body was found, and also to anyone who may have seen something suspicious near the rugby ground on Sardis Road in the past couple of days.

"The victim's family is receiving support from specially-trained officers during this traumatic time.

"We have a team of detectives and the support of specialist resources working on this inquiry and while we understand it will alarm the community, this is an isolated incident and we do have somebody in custody."

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