Image released as investigation continues into woman’s death

Smita Mistry

Investigations are continuing into the death of 32-year-old Smita Mistry at a Leicester property – with an image of Smita being released by police today (Friday).

Following a call made to police at 8.07pm on Tuesday (23 March), Smita 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.

Enquiries have been continuing since Tuesday evening including checking CCTV, house to house and speaking with witnesses.

Police have also been appealing for information from people who had any contact with Smita between Friday 19 March and Tuesday 23 March. This includes an appeal made earlier today to speak to a 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 also been released by police.

A cordon remains in place at the property and specialist officers are providing full support to Smita’s family as our enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Nicole Main, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “We continue to appeal to people who have recently had contact with Smita to make contact with us. As part of this enquiry we have now been able to release an image of Smita. Throughout this investigation, specialist officers have been providing full support to Smita’s family as we continue to establish the full circumstances of this case.

“Our appeal has been to anyone 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. As part of this, we issued an appeal earlier today in relation to a male driver of a light-coloured car who we believe had contact with Smita on Sunday evening in Gedge Way.

“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 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.

“Thank you to everyone who has been assisting us with our enquiries so far as well as to people in the community for your ongoing support and co-operation.

Our team have been working tirelessly this week to investigate this case and we remain dedicated to getting the answers we need for Smita’s family.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 621 of 23 March.

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