Detectives Hunt Suspect After A Body Was Found Stashed In A Suitcase

Investigations of the events which led to the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in west London hostel are still underway.

Police investigating Southall body-in-suitcase murder hunt man ‘who may be in Germany’
Petras Zalynas/Picture credit: ES

Investigations of the events which led to the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in west London hostel are still underway.

The shocking discovery of the lifeless body of Joanna Borucka was made at the Pay and Sleep hostel in The Crescent, Southall on November 18. The 41-year-old from Poland was last seen alive five days before her death.

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Following complaints of a “foul odour” coming from the area by neighbours, Ms Borucka`s body was found concealed in a suitcase.

Detectives have not made arrests in connection to the murder but they are in pursuit of a man suspected to have something to do with the victim`s death. In an effort to find the suspect, the police released a picture the suspect, Lithuanian Petras Zalynas, 50 who is said to have fled to Germany after the discovery.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “It is thankfully very rare for a body to be found in these shocking circumstances. I know it makes the news of Joanna’s death all the more difficult for those who were close to her.

“Our investigation is progressing well. We have identified Petras Zalynas as a person who we need to speak to in order to find out what happened to Joanna. I’m confident there are people out there who may have seen Zalynas or who might know where he is. I would urge them to come forward.

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“I would particularly appeal to London’s Lithuanian community. If you know anything about the whereabouts of Petras Zalynas, please get in touch. You will be supported and your information could hold the key to unlocking this investigation.”

Detectives also released the first picture of Ms Borucka`s, but the cause of her death has not been confirmed yet.

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