A ‘shaken’ couple who reported a man and woman acting suspiciously behind their former sawmill in the Forest of Dean have told of their horror after police swooped and found a human torso in a suitcase.
The grisly find was made in Gloucestershire late on Tuesday night and investigating officers believe there is one female victim. Detectives have been given an extra 36 hours to question a man in his 30s from Wolverhampton and a woman in her 20s from Birmingham on suspicion of murder.
Gemma and David Greenway, who live on the outskirts of Coleford, said they had seen the man entering a lorry trailer yard near their home. Mrs Greenway, 37, who runs a grooming salon and breeds dogs with her husband, said she was ‘shaken’ by the horrific find.
‘I’m just so glad that David spotted him acting suspiciously and reported it,’ she told a local Facebook site.
The couple were arrested after being found on the English-Welsh border with two suitcases containing the human torso and remains. They were taken into custody that evening and both are still being questioned. A vehicle was also seized.
Three forensic tents, pictured today, are still in place at the entrance to the quarry on the closed A4136 in Gloucestershire, where human remains were found on Tuesday night
A map, pictured, shows where a man and a woman were arrested on the England-Welsh border after a human torso was found in a suitcase
A road closure is still in place and police remain at the scene today, pictured, after a torso was allegedly found in a suitcase
A police search team have today been scouring through woodland, pictured, next to Stowfield Quarry in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Police officers, pictured today at the scene, continue to investigate as a man and a woman remain in custody
A car is pictured on the closed A4136 outside of Coleford, Forest of Dean today as police continue working on a murder investigation
Dozens of police officers have taken part in the investigation, which has seen woodland thoroughly searched, pictured
A huge police cordon, inside which officers continue to search today, has seen a fishery and a former sawmill, which now contains storage units, several houses and a campsite, all closed off, as well as the entrance to Stowfield Quarry, which is around a mile-and-a-half in length.
A roadblock is in place along the A4136 between Monmouth and Coleford as forensic testing is ongoing to identify the victim, alongside a post-mortem examination.
Gloucestershire Police was today granted a 36-hour magistrates’ extension, on top of a 12-hour extension previously approved, to continue questioning the two suspects, following their arrests around the time of the discovery at 11.30pm on Tuesday.
A spokesman said: ‘Due to the ongoing investigation road closures and scene guards are likely to remain in place for at least the rest of today. We would like to thank local residents and those impacted by the cordons for their patience during this time.’
Police sealed off a large area and three tents were erected at the entrance to Stowfield Quarry, which is accessed via the B4228.
One resident said yesterday: ‘The tents weren’t there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don’t know what’s going on but they say I can’t even walk along the road.
‘Somebody said they had found a body and the police say the road will be closed all day.’
Another resident who lives within the cordon said: ‘I don’t know what’s happening.
‘I didn’t notice anything until I drove down the road and came to the road block. I asked if I could go through and they said yes but I might not be able to get back in again. One of the officers said the road might be closed for a few days so it must be serious.’
The quarry is on Staunton Road and the closed section also contains a fishery, a former sawmill which now contains storage units, several houses and a campsite.
Police continue to search through woodland today, pictured, after two people were arrested on the English-Welsh border
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after human remains were found in the Forest of Dean at around 11.30pm on Tuesday
Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry as a murder investigation was launched near Coleford yesterday
The discovery was made at the entrance to the Stowfield Quarry and a large area remains cordoned off on the outskirts of Coleford, Gloucestershire
Police were pictured at the entrance road to Stowfield Quarry yesterday as the investigation continues into its second full day
One resident said: ‘The tents weren’t there when I went out this morning but they had appeared by the time I got back. I don’t know what’s going on but they say I can’t even walk along the road’
The main A4136 from Cinderford to Monmouth was blocked off at the bottom of the hill at Monmouth and there was a further roadblock at the Coleford traffic lights.
The roadblock at the lights was stopping traffic from Monmouth and Staunton turning right into Coleford or heading past the fishery to Berry Hill and beyond.
Both blocked-off sections of road would have caused chaos on a normal working day and key workers had to find detours through the lanes.
Senior Investigating Officer DCI John Turner said: ‘The nature of this incident is distressing and we’re working around the clock to fully understand what has happened.
‘Someone’s life has been lost and our priority is to identify the victim and get answers for her family.
‘Searches have taken place in the surrounding area for evidence gathering and contrary to media reports no remains have been found as part of these searches.
‘Our Major Crime Investigation Team is working in collaboration with the West Midlands Police homicide team to carry out further enquiries.’