Appeal to trace clothing Alena Grlakova was last seen wearing

Date published: 12 April 2019 19:47
Dated: 12 April 2019 20:45:42

The lead detective investigating the death of 38-year-old Alena Grlakova has today appealed to anyone who may have seen or found the clothing she was last wearing.

Alena, whose body was found in the Parkgate area on Monday afternoon (8 April), was last seen wearing a thin black sweatshirt with ‘Little Black Sweat’ written on it in white.

She was also wearing black tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side and black flip-flops, similar to that pictured.

Today (Friday 12 April), Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oughton has been back to where her body was found to appeal for information as enquiries continue.

He said: “On Monday, we found Alena’s body in land just off Taylors Lane in the Parkgate area. She was naked and concealed in a dried out stream.

“We know what clothing she was wearing when she was last seen at around 10.30pm on Boxing Day 2018, however these items remain outstanding. The jumper in particular is quite distinctive and I need anyone who has seen this clothing discarded in the local area, or who may have the items, to contact police immediately.”

Officers will remain in the Parkgate area today and over the weekend, carrying out detailed searches where Alena was found and looking for further evidence. House-to-house enquiries are continuing, as is an extensive review of CCTV footage of the area.

DCI Oughton continued: “I’d also like to appeal to members of the community who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area from Boxing Day to Monday of this week. 

“There is a nearby playing field and football court and during the festive season this would likely have been a busy area. Did you see or have you seen anything unusual or anyone acting suspiciously?

“Any information you have, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove vital to the inquiry. Our enquiries will continue tonight and over the weekend, please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns or information.

“A 45-year-old man arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of murder remains in police custody after a warrant for further detention was granted by the courts last night.

“Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who has come forward with information so far and to everyone who has sent kind wishes to Alena’s family at this difficult time.”

Have you seen Alena’s clothing? Have you noticed anyone in the area acting suspiciously? Any information could prove vital.

Please call 101 quoting incident 453 of 8 April 2019 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. You can also pass information directly to the incident room on 01709 443540.

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