Locals suspect woman may have drowned on Juhu-Koliwada beach; cops not ruling out murder angle
The Santacruz police was sent into a tizzy yesterday morning after the cops received a phone call from a local resident. The person on the other line informed them about a woman's body that he had spotted on the Juhu-Koliwada beach. The reason for the utter panic was the fact that it was the fourth body that was found at the same spot, and that too in a year's time.
According to the police, the woman appeared to be 30-35 years old. The locals believe that the woman may have drowned, as she is not from the locality.
"There were no injury marks on the body. However, there were some bloodstains on her face. We have sent the body to Cooper hospital for postmortem so that it can be ascertained if she died of drowning, or was killed," said S Choudhary, senior PI of Santacruz police station.
He added that, in a bid to trace her identity, they have contacted all the police stations near the Mumbai coastline to find out if there was any missing complaint lodged for the woman. Although the police believe that the body may have got washed ashore, they are not ruling out the murder angle.
As it is the fourth instance of a body being found at the same spot, cops say that it's possible that the killers dumped the bodies here because the area is quite isolated.
Hence, the police have alerted the locals and plan to increase patrolling after dark. Also, they have asked locals to inform them as soon as they spot any suspicious person in the vicinity
Bodies on the beach
March 2011: A woman's body was found in a suitcase at the same spot. Her mouth was gagged with a piece of cloth, and her hands and legs were tied up. The body was just in undergarments.
May 2011: A decomposed body of a man was found at Juhu-Koliwada beach. He appeared to be around 25 years old, but his identity has not been ascertained yet.
Oct 2011: A decomposed body of an unidentified Nigerian national was found near Hotel Novelty in Juhu, near the Koliwada beach. The man appeared to be around 25 years old. The cops are investigating the case and believe that he died of natural death, as they were no injury marks on the body.