A Connecticut town touted as one of the safest in the country is reeling Wednesday after a woman’s body was found bound and stuffed in a suitcase. Police in upscale Greenwich are following numerous public tips, and encouraging others to come forward with information, after highway workers made the grisly discovery in a wooded area 10 to 15 feet off a road around 8am Tuesday, reports Greenwich Time. The outlet describes the scene as in a depression “out of sight from nearby residences … near a small area adjoining the road where a car could park.” “Where the actual death took place, we do not know,” Police Capt. Robert Berry said at a Tuesday press conference, per the Greenwich Free Press. He noted officers were working to identify the victim, believed to be aged 18 to 30.
“We have received some leads on some possible identifications of the victim, but at this point, nothing is confirmed,” Berry said. The cause of death is still unknown, but there is “no doubt homicide was involved,” he added, pointing out that the clothed woman’s hands and feet were restrained inside what a news helicopter revealed to be a full-size red suitcase, per Fox 61. Police said it was difficult to know how long the victim had been dead due to fluctuating temperatures in the area, per NBC New York. “This is going to be a long methodical process, we want to make sure we do things correctly,” Berry said, per Greenwich Time. He noted one complication, per the Free Press. “There are a lot of tire tracks from vehicles and footprints” at the scene. (A university professor allegedly hid his wife’s body in the same way.)