In a Paris park, a head that has been severed has been discovered.
Around 11 a.m. local time (10 a.m. GMT) on February 14, police and park staff joined the search and discovered several body parts, including the woman’s head.
The head was discovered in the Buttes-Chaumont Park, one of the biggest green spaces in the French capital, in a lonely wooded area that is popular with children and joggers.
The Parisien reports that in addition to the woman’s head being discovered today behind a pile of greenery, her lower torso, which extends from her lower chest to her knees, was also discovered blood-soaked in a bag.
A source said: “Obviously, the body was cut dressed.
“The corpse was not in a state of putrefaction, which seems to attest to a recent death.”
The victim hasn’t been identified, but the Parisien reported she was dressed in blue jeans with a flower pattern decorating the thigh area.
A police source said she is believed to be “North African” or “European”.
Sources claim the head and torso were found in a remote area of the park generally used by employees and located near a disused railway line, although this has not been officially confirmed.
The body parts were discovered after a search was opened when an initial body part – a piece of a woman’s pelvic area according to sources close to the case – was found in a plastic bag by park workers last night (February 13).
Police have now opened a murder inquiry and the park has been closed off according to Fran�ois Dagnaud, mayor of the 19th arrondissement where the discovery was made.
A major search operation is underway in the space and a diving team has also been called in to search the lake in the park.
Buttes-Chaumont Park is the fifth-largest park in the French capital, spanning 24.7 hectares (61 acres).