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Man charged over woman's murder

Published 26/04/2015

Tributes have been paid to Tracey Woodford (South Wales Police)
Tributes have been paid to Tracey Woodford (South Wales Police)

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of a missing woman who was found dismembered at a flat in south Wales.

Christopher May, 50, will appear at Pontypridd Magistrates' Court tomorrow charged in connection with the murder of Tracey Woodford, 47.

Ms Woodford, from the Pontypridd area, was last seen by family at about 12.45pm on Tuesday and reported missing the following day.

A police officer searching a flat at Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig, discovered her dismembered body just before 3pm on Friday.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said officers were waiting for the results of further forensic tests to determine the cause of Ms Woodford's death.

"Officers investigating the incident are continuing their appeal for witnesses," the force spokesman said.

"In particular they would like to establish Tracey's movements during the days leading up to the discovery of her body on Friday, 24 April.

"They would like anybody who saw Tracey since she was last seen by family at 12.45 on Tuesday, 21 April.

"In particular they want to hear from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the Skinny Dog public house, between 9pm and 11pm, on the day she went missing."

Ms Woodford is described as around 5ft 7ins tall, with shoulder length ginger hair. She was wearing a black cardigan when she was last seen.

Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, who is leading the investigation, said: "I would like anybody who hasn't already come forward to get in touch.

"I am keen to establish Tracey's movements over the past week.

"We have received significant support from the public who have no doubt been traumatised by what has unfolded.

"I would like to thank them for this support and assure them that we are doing everything we possibly can to find out exactly what happened to Tracey.

"Specially trained officers are continuing to support the family. We urge sensitive reporting on this tragic case and for the family to be left alone at this difficult time to grieve in peace."

Anyone with information should contact the incident room by calling South Wales Police on 101, quoting reference 140670 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Earlier, Ms Woodford's family paid tribute to her as "very kind-hearted and a selfless person".

"Tracey was liked and loved by all of her family and friends," they said. "She was very kind-hearted and a selfless person who would go out of her way to help anyone.

"Tracey was a gentle person who would not hurt anyone and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her."

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