THE body of a young woman that was discovered dumped in a layby was set on fire, cops have revealed.
The badly burned remains of the victim, believed to be aged between her late teens and 30, was found on Bridgnorth Road in Perton, Staffs., at 3am on Monday.
Staffordshire Police said it was apparent the woman had been set alight at the location and had significant burn marks on her body.
Detectives also believe she was driven to the site before being set on fire and are now appealing anyone with information to get in touch, as they launch a murder investigation.
The force revealed at this stage they can only say she is of slight build and believed to be aged between her late teens and 30.
Forensics tests are underway in a bid to identify her and anyone who may know who she is, or saw anything suspicious in the area is urged to contact the force.
‘DRIVEN TO SITE’
Detective Superintendent Tom Chisholm, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We believe the young woman was driven to the site.
“Did you witness anything or have local dashcam or CCTV footage?
“Are you aware of any girls or women who are missing or unusual activity in the area Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning.
“This was a shocking and dreadful incident and we are determined, with your help and support, to bring those responsible to justice.
“We will provide further updates as soon as we are able to do so.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics and a trauma doctor were sent to the scene.
A service spokesman said: “We were called to an incident at the junction of Jenny Walkers Lane and Bridgnorth Road at 2.49am on Monday.
“One ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
“On arrival we discovered one patient, who sadly could not be saved and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”
Det Ch Insp Dan Ison, leading the inquiry, previously said: “We’re working on a number of lines of enquiry, but it’s critical that we identify her as soon as possible and we’re appealing for the public’s help.
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES
“We’re also keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Bridgnorth Road and may have seen anything between 2am and 3am today.”
Graham Turner, 89, who lives nearby, told The Express and Star: “It is an awful thing to happen. Up there as well, it makes you wonder what happened.
“The police are taking it very seriously. It’s the first thing to happen round here. It’s been a nice area to live.”
James Cruickshank, 78, who lives near the scene added: “We saw the road closed and knew we weren’t getting out. It’s quite upsetting to hear they have found a body.”
And Nicola McGrath, 44, said: “It’s very sad, I feel for the family. You don’t want it on your doorstep but it is bad it can happen anywhere.”
‘SHOCKING AND TERRIBLE’
Another local resident, added: “You don’t hear about that round here. It’s a main road and there is no real access from that road. It’s absolutely shocking and terrible.”
After the body was discovered paramedics and a trauma doctor rushed to the layby but the woman was confirmed dead at the scene.
One resident, who lives near Perton and asked not to be named, told the paper: “I travelled down Bridgnorth Road yesterday [Sunday] evening and all seemed normal.
“It’s just so terribly sad to hear something has happened like this so close to home.
“My thoughts are with the person’s family, it is such a shock.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online, on social media or by calling 101 quoting incident number 42 of the August 9.
Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.