A female body was found Monday morning in a suitcase in Raleigh, near the place where a pregnant North Carolina woman disappeared a few days ago.
The body was discovered by a passerby around 11 a.m. off the banks of the Neuse River Trail, east of the city.
Representatives from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene on Allen Drive’s 5400 array to investigate the case as a murder.
“Not every day, not every morning, you find a man’s body in a suitcase in a river,” County Sheriff Gerald Baker told reporters Monday afternoon.
Authorities have not yet been able to confirm the woman’s identity and are awaiting the results of the autopsy of the state medical examiner. Baker added that “it is safe to say that this is no accident.”
“We are preparing for confirmation [the woman’s identity]”Baker told reporters on the spot.” I can’t sit here and tell you it’s here now. We haven’t gotten there yet. We have the information to believe it. “
The family of the missing woman, Brittany Samone Smith, was also on the scene, ABC11 reported.
Days earlier, on Feb. 6, a missing person was reported by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, police had asked for help finding the 28-year-old.
Smith was last seen in the area on Tuesday around Block 200 of Fox Run Drive and Block 7000 of Hodge Road in Wendell.
“We’re going to work very hard. We’ll find out who’s in charge. I can tell you that,” Baker said. “Because these things just don’t happen. Someone is responsible. If it’s really the young lady we’ve been looking for all weekend, someone’s responsible for it.”
Smith describes it is about 4’11 “tall, weighs about 115 pounds, and is noticeably pregnant.
Newsweek contacted the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
Similar grim discoveries have been made in recent months. In December, human remains were found in two suitcases on the side of a road in Denver.
The discovery was made by Denver Parks and recreational workers plowing snow from the sidewalk along the Sanderson Gulch trail in the southwest of the city when they came across suitcases.
The workers saw the parts of the body thought to be in their bodies and warned the authorities. Members of the Murder Department of the Denver Police Department, the Medical Investigation Bureau and the Criminal Laboratory arrived at the scene in Mar Lee.
It was later confirmed that the remains were “recently deceased, adult, white male males,” Clark said, referring to the Office of Medical Investigation. The case is treated as homicide.
On Sunday, February 7, a corpse was found floating in a lake at a Colorado golf course.
Officers called him around 11 a.m. about the grim discovery at Hyland Hills Golf Course on Sheridan Boulevard in Westminster.
The body of an adult man was found in the water, but there appeared to be no signs of trauma, the Westminster Police Department said.
The cause of death was unknown, and police said it was too early for the investigation to determine if it was a crime, accident, or suicide.