UPDATE: Woman found stuffed inside suitcase identified

UPDATE @ 2.30pm: A woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in Western Australia more than two months ago has finally been identified.

Police said detectives managed to positively identify 57-year-old Annabelle Chen after her daughter, who lives interstate, reported her missing last Friday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Mills said Ms Chen was an Australian citizen who lived in Western Australia since 1999.


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“Ms Chen has relatives who live and work interstate and overseas and it was not uncommon for her to not see them for considerable periods of time,” Det-Sen. Sgt Mills said.

“She did remain in contact via other means and her worried relatives reported her missing after an unusually long break in communication, which was out of character for her.”

Det-Sen. Sgt Mills urged members of the public who knew or spoke to Ms Chen to come forward.

“The key for us in this investigation is learning more about her, and the public can play an important role in that,” Det-Sen. Sgt Mills said.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who knew her or engaged with her so that we can build a picture of her lifestyle and explain the circumstances surrounding her death.”

Ms Chen’s body was located inside a suitcase on the Swan River, in East Fremantle, on July 2.

In a statement, police said Ms Chen led a self-sufficient lifestyle, and she has been described as a private, caring and spiritual person who was interested in art.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER @ 7.45am: Police are currently searching a home believed to be linked to a woman whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in Western Australia more than two months ago.

Officers have not yet confirmed any details in relation to the search, however detectives have been combing through the Mosman Park home since Friday, 9NEWS journalist Scott Cunningham reports.

The search of the home comes just a week after police released new images of the mystery woman in the hope someone may recognise her.

“These variations on the original image may trigger someone’s memory and help us to identify this woman,” Det-Sen. Sgt Mills said.

“You may not know this woman’s name but she may look familiar. If she does, we urge you to contact Crime Stoppers.”

The woman is described as being of Asian appearance, about 158cm tall, 59kg in weight and about 30 to 50-years-old.

She had a crown on her left upper front tooth which is whiter in appearance than the rest of her teeth, tattooed eyebrows and a red shade in her hair.

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