Europe-wide manhunt launched after woman, 41, found dead in suitcase at UK hostel

Police want to speak to 50-year-old Petras Zalynas (Image: Met Police)

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A man police wish to speak to over the death of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase is believed to be in Europe, detectives said.

Joanna Borucka's body was found by a painter at the Pay And Sleep hostel in Southall, west London, shortly before 3pm on December 18.

Investigators believe the 41-year-old, originally from Poland, was last seen alive on November 13, and residents said her boyfriend had gone missing since she vanished.

Detectives want to speak to 50-year-old Petras Zalynas, who is originally from Lithuania, in relation to her death, the cause of which is yet to be confirmed.

Zalynas is believed to have left the UK and may now be in Germany, Scotland Yard said.

Joanna Borucka was found dead in December
(Image: PA)

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Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley 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.

A police officer outside the Pay and Sleep hostel in December
(Image: PA)

Her body was found at the Southall in West London
(Image: UkNewsinPictures)

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"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."

Following her death tributes flooded in for Ms Borucka.

A resident at the hostel, who gave his name only as Martin, said she was "a very good person" – adding: "She was my good friend.

Residents of the hostel paid tribute to Ms Borucka
(Image: PA)

"We had similar friends. Nice girl – very nice and friendly."

Another hostel resident told The Sun: "She was a beautiful woman.

"They found her stuffed in a suitcase. We just thought she had got up and left."

Another local, Martin, added: "l know she was found in a suitcase, her body. She was my good friend."

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 4319/18DEC, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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