Police are continuing to question a 45-year-old man after the body of a woman was found dumped in a suitcase four days after her wedding.
The woman, locally named as Dawn Walker, was found dead in the village of Lightcliffe, three miles east of Halifax, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.
A friend of the dead woman told YorkshireLive that Walker had a young son and was married the Wednesday before.
The friend, who asked not to be named, said Walker was kind, caring and kind. Her body had been discovered in a suitcase on a grassy area in the back of some trees in the village of Lightcliffe, which had been cordoned off by police.
“She got married Wednesday and died Sunday morning,” the friend said. “Dawn was a healthy woman. She got married on Wednesday and now it has happened.
“She was the healthiest person you could meet. She was kind and generous. She once paid for a disabled man’s purchases when he was low.”
George Robinson, who represents Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Parishes in Calderdale Council, said: “This is devastating news for our community. On behalf of all in the congregation, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their loved ones. It’s all very raw, and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the circumstances. “
Robinson said he had contacted the council and police to ask what plans were in place to engage and support the local community.
“I have also asked if the local schools have been informed and how our young people will be supported,” he said. “We are a close-knit community in Lightcliffe and it’s a troubling time for everyone. Please check in with your neighbors to make sure they are well.”
The Sun reported that Walker was 52 years old and lived in the nearby Brighouse.
West Yorkshire police detectives issued a formal appeal for information from anyone who witnessed suspicious behavior in the area of Aysgarth Avenue, Lightcliffe or the surrounding streets between 13.00 and 16.38 Sunday.
DI Amanda Wimbles of the homicide and investigation team said: “Our investigations into this incident are still at an early stage and we are particularly keen to speak to the person who originally called us to make the report as they have not yet identified themselves.to us.
“I would also urge anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area to come forward and inform the police by calling 101 or using the 101Live Chat facility on the website indicating log 1317 of 31 October.
“Information can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Police said a 45-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody. They said they were not actively searching for more suspects in connection with the death.