Police have launched a murder investigation after a rotting corpse wrapped in clingfilm was found inside a hostel wardrobe.
Staff at the hostel, which serves as a home for recently released prisoners, found the body while investigating reports of a dreadful smell coming from the wardrobe.
Police have now arrested a 24-year-old man who’d been living in the converted semi-detached house for several weeks on suspicion of murder, the BBC reports.
It’s been reported that an ex-girlfriend had visited the suspect at the hostel in the West Midlands.
21-year old Reece Pether who lives near the hostel, revealed the staff’s horror when they made their grisly discovery.
Staff told me they opened the wardrobe and saw something wrapped in cling film. They got someone to open it up and a leg fell out. It was horrible.
It’s thought she’d been in there a week and the bloke had been sleeping in the same room.
Other neighbours claimed they weren’t surprised that police had found a body saying ‘there’s always something going on’ while another claimed they were so scared by the incident that they’ve not let their 11-year-old son go outside on his own.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson confirmed part of the property was used as a hostel for ex-offenders.
It is a multi-occupancy hostel. While it would be unfair to class everybody as such, there are some ex-offenders there.
A post-mortem examination will take place on Saturday to determine the cause of the woman’s death.