Stoke & Staffordshire

Appeal after suitcase body find in Burton-upon-Trent

Suitcase found
Image caption The suitcase belonged to the missing woman and is believed to have contained her body

Police want to hear from anyone who saw a suitcase which contained a body, believed to be that of a missing Polish woman.

Sylwia "Magda" Ciapcinska, 24, was last seen shopping in Burton-on-Trent town centre on 20 July.

The black wheeled suitcase, which belonged to her, was found near the town's Ferry Bridge on Friday.

Tomasz Sobczak, 29, of Ash Street, has been charged with her murder and will appear in court on 8 October.

Staffordshire Police said the suitcase has a pull-out handle and two smaller grey handles.

The identity of the human remains found inside are still to be confirmed, but officers "strongly believe" it is the missing woman.

Police said a post-mortem examination did not establish a cause of death and further tests would be carried out.

Image caption Sylwia Ciapcinska was last seen on 20 July

The force wants to hear from anyone who saw the case, which was found on the Washlands, or anyone acting suspiciously on or near Ferry Bridge in the town.

The area is likely to be cordoned off for the rest of the week for forensic tests to be carried out.

Ch Supt Mick Harrison, of Staffordshire Police, said: "Our thoughts remain with Sylwia's family in Poland at this very distressing time.

"A dedicated family liaison officer is in contact with them."

Ms Ciapcinska arrived in the UK on 2 July and planned to stay for about a year to earn money to help her to buy a home in Poland.

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