Sawed-up torso found stuffed in suitcase ‘was woman in her 20s who vanished from women’s refuge’ – The Sun
A BUTCHERED body discovered in a suitcase in the Forest of Dean was reportedly a woman who vanished from a refuge last month.
Gareeca Conita Gordon, 27, who has been charged with murder, was said to be living at the same women's refuge in Birmingham where the victim is feared to have been killed and sawed in half.
Police are now waiting on DNA results to formally identify the victim but neighbours say she also lived at the seven-bed property.
It is understood the woman was last seen in April with her phone disconnected on Tuesday.
Forensic officers were seen at the council-licensed refuge at the weekend combing for clues.
A neighbour said: “A lot of women who come and go from that house. It’s a women’s refuge- so they are all running from something.
“There are no men allowed. You hardly ever see men going in there.
“I’ve been told that the victim lived in the house – I thought it was the girl who lived on the ground floor because I hadn’t seen her for a while.
“Thankfully, I saw her the other day.
“There are seven bedrooms but only four were occupied. The remaining women have been moved out.”
Another neighbour added: "There was a white British woman living in the front bedroom on the first floor but I haven't seen her in weeks.
"Definitely not in the last month.
"I saw Gareeca – she would keep her bike locked up outside the house. She was a mixed race Caribbean woman. She wasn't fat, she wore glasses – just normal sized. She lived on the first floor as well."
Cops swooped on a man and woman who were said to be driving suspiciously near Coleford, Gloucestershire.
They discovered the body parts stuffed in two suitcases. It is understood there had been attempts to burn the remains.
Officers later raided a property in Birmingham, West Midlands, and discovered the grisly murder scene which is said to have resembled an abattoir, The Sun understands.
Gordon appeared before Cheltenham Magistrates' Court via video link on Saturday and was remanded in custody to appear at Gloucester Crown Court tomorrow.
Married father-of-two Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, was also held by police after the remains were discovered.
He was charged with assisting an offender and was also remanded in custody to appear alongside Gordon tomorrow.
The tradesman moved to Wolverhampton three years ago from Slough, Berkshire, with his wife. The Indian couple are said to have two teenage children.
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