Headless body found in Devon woods identified as woman reported missing on June 10

There is heavy police presence in the town of Salcombe where the body was found as detectives work to pinpoint the 67-year-old woman’s final movements.

A ‘headless’ body found in the woodlands of Devon has been identified as a woman from London who went missing two weeks ago.

67 year-old Mee Kuen Chong—also known as Deborah—was last seen in Wembley, London, where she lived, on June 10 and was reported missing to the Metropolitan Police the following day.

Detectives have described it thus far as an ‘unexplained death’ as they work to establish her movements prior to her death.

The police in Devon and Cornwall say Mrs. Chong’s body must have been in the woods for ‘some days.’

Information from the public needed

Police in the Devon and Cornwall area were called to a wooded area near Bennett Road, Salcombe, Devon, at about 5pm on Sunday after the body of a woman was located. It had no head.

A spokesperson said on Wednesday,

Police are now appealing for information from the public to help trace her last movements...They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Mrs Chong between Thursday 10 June and Sunday 27 June.

There is heavy police presence in the area as investigations continue into the cause of death of Mrs. Chong. She was of Malaysian heritage and had been living in Wembley, London since relocating to the UK in 2004.

The police are seeking information from the public to help them crack the case. The spokesperson said detectives would appreciate any tips about the final movements of the victims such as;

any hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation where she may have stayed and also from anyone who knows why she was in Salcombe...A number of inquiries will be carried out in Salcombe over the coming days, and it is likely that the local community will continue to see a high level of police activity.

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@dc.police.uk or phone 101, quoting reference number 0700 of June 27.

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