Europe-wide manhunt is launched by detectives probing murder of Polish woman who was found in a suitcase in London over fears man they are searching for has fled to Germany
- Joanna Borucka, 41, was found dead at Pay And Sleep in Southall, west London
- Residents at the hostel in The Crescent said her boyfriend has gone missing
- Joanna was last seen on November 13 and found in suitcase on December 18
- Anyone with information about death or her alleged killer can call police on 101
- Did you knowJoanna Borucka orPetras Zalynas? Email [email protected] or [email protected]
A Lithuanian man is being hunted by British police today who fear he has fled to Germany after the murder of a Polish woman found stuffed inside a suitcase in a London hostel.
Joanna Borucka, 41, was found dead at Pay And Sleep in Southall, west London, on Friday December 18 after staff reported a ‘foul’ stench from the property.
Police are ‘urgently’ looking to speak to Petras Zalynas, 50, who is thought to have left the UK and may now be in Germany with officers ‘working with their European counterparts’ to locate him.
Scotland Yard has released a photo of Zalynas, which is clearly a police mugshot, but have not said what he was previously arrested for.
Zalynas is believed to have have been Joanna’s boyfriend after hostel residents told MailOnline that he had disappeared around five weeks before she was found dead by a painter and decorator who opened the suitcase two weeks before Christmas.
Police are ‘urgently’ looking to speak to Petras Zalynas, 50, afterJoanna Borucka, 41, was found dead at Pay And Sleep in Southall, west London, shortly on Friday December 18 after staff reported a ‘foul’ stench from the property
Investigators believe Ms Borucka was last seen alive on November 13, and the cause of her death is yet to be confirmed. Her friends believe she had gone to Victoria coach station, potentially to get a bus home to Poland.
But painter visiting the hostel a months later opened the suitcase to find the body of a female. His grim discovery followed reports of a ‘really foul smelling odour’.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, has appealed to ‘London’s Lithuanian community’ who may know where he is.
He said: ‘It is thankfully very rare for a body to be found in these shocking circumstances. I know it makes the news of Joanna’s death all the more difficult for those who were close to her.
‘Our investigation is progressing well. We have identified Petras Zalynas as a person who we need to speak to in order to find out what happened to Joanna.
‘I’m confident there are people out there who may have seen Zalynas or who might know where he is. I would urge them to come forward.
‘I would particularly appeal to London’s Lithuanian community. If you know anything about the whereabouts of Petras Zalynas, please get in touch. You will be supported and your information could hold the key to unlocking this investigation’.
Joanna Borucka, 41, was found dead at Pay And Sleep in Southall, west London, shortly before 3pm on Friday December 18 (pictured after she was found)
Forensic crews were called out to Southall on Friday night after a painter found her in a suitcase five weeks after she was last seen
Joanna’s death shocked hostel residents, who said they had known her for around five years.
One resident of the hostel said: ‘She lived in the floor up at the top. We were told by one of the other Polish guys that she’d gone to Victoria coach station,’ she said.
‘No one could get hold of her but now we know why. Her boyfriend has gone missing, because she had someone living in the room with her. We don’t know where he is.She was a lovely girl, she kept herself to herself.’
Another female resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: ‘They found a dead woman’s body from a couple of weeks ago stuffed in a suitcase.
‘The guy who had the room has left and hasn’t come back.’
Another resident, Martin, who did not want to give his last name, claimed he had known the woman for ‘about five years’ when he lived in Acton.
‘We had similar friends. Nice girl, very nice and friendly,’ he said. ‘A very good person.’
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quotingCAD 4319/18DEC,or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.