THE DETECTIVE leading the Alena Grlakova murder inquiry says he believes her killer returned to the scene of the crime at some point before her body was discovered this week.
Det Chief Insp Mark Oughton said today (Friday) he believed the offender returned to Taylor's Lane, Parkgate - where officers found Alena's body on Monday - some point after her Boxing Day murder.
Alena (38), of Swinton, was found “naked and concealed” in a dried-up stream bed just yards from where she was last seen 15 weeks ago.
A 45-year-old Rotherham man arrested on suspicion of her murder remained in police custody and is still being questioned. His detention expires at midnight.
Mr Oughton said: "The field is used by dog walkers, and also, there is a football playing area.
“Have you seen anyone acting suspiciously between Boxing Day and when Alena was discovered on Monday?
“If you have, I need you to contact me."
Mr Oughton told reporters today at a press conference held at Taylor's Lane that Alena's clothes "could be in the local area" and asked anyone with information about their location to come forward.
The clothes she was last seen wearing were a black jumper with the slogan 'Little black sweat', black bottoms with white stripes down the side and a pair of flip-flops.
A brown hair extension she was wearing has also still not been located.
Meanwhile, the field where Alena was found remains cordoned off and specialist officers continue to search for evidence at the scene.
Mr Oughton said: “Officers are conducting house-to-house enquiries and are looking at CCTV.
“I’d like to reassure members of the public that this type of offence is very rare and my officers are in the area at this moment in time and if anybody needs reassurance, please speak to them.”
Mr Oughton said there were no other suspects in the case “at this time”.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 453 of April 8. Or the incident room direct on 01709 443 540, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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