Man Sought in Connection With Southall Body in a Suitcase

Police wish to speak to Petras Zalynas about death of Joanna Borucka

Joanna Borucka was found dead in a suitcase in Southall
Joanna Borucka was found dead in a suitcase in Southall


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A 50-year-old man has been named as a person of interest by detectives investigating the death of Joanna Borucka.

The 41-year-old Polish woman was found in a suitcase in a room at The Crescent, Southall, on Friday, 18 December. She had last been seen alive on Friday, 13 November.

While the cause of her death is yet to be confirmed, the circumstances are being investigated by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide).

The police want to speak to Petras Zalynas, originally from Lithuania, in connection with the death. They believe it is possible he has fled to Europe and could be in Germany. Met officers are working with their European counterparts in an effort to locate him but are also counting on the public’s help.

Petras Zalynas sought by police
Petras Zalynas sought by police

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide), said, “It is thankfully very rare for a body to be found in these shocking circumstances. I know it makes the news of Joanna’s death all the more difficult for those who were close to her.

“Our investigation is progressing well. We have identified Petras Zalynas as a person who we need to speak to in order to find out what happened to Joanna. I’m confident there are people out there who may have seen Zalynas or who might know where he is. I would urge them to come forward.

“I would particularly appeal to London’s Lithuanian community. If you know anything about the whereabouts of Petras Zalynas, please get in touch. You will be supported and your information could hold the key to unlocking this investigation.”

The Crescent, Southall. Picture: Google Streetview

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 4319/18DEC.

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.


January 14, 2021

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