Appeal to speak to car driver following death of woman at Leicester property


Detectives investigating the death of a woman at a Leicester property are appealing to speak to a man who is believed to have had contact with her on Sunday evening (21 March).


Following a call made to police at 8.07pm on Tuesday (23 March), Smita Mistry, 32, was found by officers inside a property in Gedge Way. It was confirmed Smita, who was also known as Samita Saunders, had sadly died.


An investigation was launched into Smita’s death and following initial enquiries, a 36-year-old man, of Leicester, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He currently remains in police custody. It is believed that the man in custody was known to Smita.


As part of ongoing enquiries, detectives are now appealing to the male driver of a light coloured, possibly silver, car which was seen parked in Gedge Way at around 8.20pm on Sunday evening (21 March). It is believed Smita may have spoken with the driver at the time. A CCTV image of the car has been released by police to assist with this appeal.


Further enquiries continue today including speaking with further witnesses and a cordon remains in place at the property.


Detective Inspector Nicole Main, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “Our enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances of events before Smita’s death and as part of this, we are appealing to speak to the driver of the car mentioned. If this was you, or you have any information as to who this may have been, then we urge you to make contact with us so that you can help us with our investigation.


“We also continue to appeal to anyone else who had any contact with Smita between Friday (19 March) and the evening of Tuesday (23 March) to get in touch with us – no matter how insignificant the contact you had may seem. Anyone who has been in the area of Gedge Way between Friday 19 March and the evening of Tuesday 23 March is also urged to think back to anything you may have seen or heard which could assist our enquiries and to make contact with us, if you have not already done so. If you have any CCTV or dashcam footage from the area during this time, and have not yet made contact with us, then please get in touch.


“I continue to thank everyone who has spoken with us so far and assisted us with this investigation as well as to people in the community for your ongoing support and co-operation as we continue our investigation and to establish the full circumstances of this incident.”


Anyone with any information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 621 of 23 March. You can also upload information online to the public portal by visiting


https://mipp.police.uk/operation/33EM21I96-PO1



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