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Decapitated body in Singapore river classified as murder

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Decapitated body in Singapore river classified as murder

The decapitated body of a woman found Thursday in a Singapore waterway is now classified as a murder case, and police are appealing for information from the public on the case. (Straits Times file photo: Caroline Chias)

Singapore — The decapitated woman’s body found in a Singapore river on Thursday morning has been classified as a murder case, said police on Friday.

The police received a call on Thursday morning at 7:33 after a jogger and a cleaner saw a part of the body, which appeared to be wrapped in trash bags, in the Whampoa River between McNair and St. George’s roads, according to reports.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) firefighters were called to the scene shortly thereafter, and manually retrieved the body from the waterway.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 8:28am, said reports.

The woman’s body was reportedly retrieved from the waterway decapitated, topless and clad only in black pants.

No identification was found on the body, and the woman has not yet been identified.

SCDF divers were reportedly seen searching the waterway. Police had also cordoned off part of the area at McNair Road near Block 110.

Police initially classified the case as an unnatural death, confirming that it was the body of a woman that was found, according to a police Facebook post.

But on Friday they announced that it has been classified as a murder case, reported the Straits Times.

The authorities also said that investigations are ongoing, and they are currently appealing for information from the public on the case.

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