Murder investigation launched as body of missing woman is found in Pontypridd

24 April 2015

South Wales Police have confirmed that they are launching a murder investigation in Pontypridd.

The victim was 47-year-old Tracey Woodford from the Pontypridd area.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said her body had been found dismembered at the home of the 50-year-old suspect they are holding on suspicion of murder.

The suspect has been named locally as Christopher May, 50

A statement from South Wales Police read:

Following the discovery of a body at an address in Pontypridd yesterday (Friday 24th April) South Wales Police can confirm that the deceased is a female, who was reported missing on Wednesday 22 April.

The 47 year-old victim, who is from the Pontypridd area, was last seen by family on Tuesday 21 April at approximately 12:45hrs.

As part of the missing person report, police officers were conducting enquiries in the local area yesterday (24.4.15) and received information that the deceased was with the suspect, at the Skinny Dog Public House on the evening of Tuesday 21 April – and left the premises with him.

Police officers then visited the suspect’s address at Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig and following a search of the property discovered a body and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder.

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

Police would like to hear from anybody who was in the Skinny Dog on Tuesday 21 April between 21:00hrs and 23:00hrs – or living near Andrews Court on Rickard Street, Graig, Pontypridd – who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the past few days.

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, were 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.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference *140670 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More information will be released when available and appropriate.

 

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