NT Police locate body of woman after leg was discovered on Stuart Highway, two people arrested

A woman’s body has been located after the discovery of a human leg on a Northern Territory highway earlier this week, with police arresting two people over the presumed hit and run incident.

A major search began on Tuesday after the leg was found near the Stuart Highway, between Virginia Rd and Morgan Road, on the outskirts of Darwin.

Police believe it had been left there in the previous 24 hours, likely in a hit and run road incident on Monday evening.

At a press conference this morning, Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Morrissey said police had identified a “suspect vehicle”, which was at a home in the nearby area of ​​Palmerston early yesterday afternoon.

“Investigators attended the residence and, after speaking to the 23-year-old male occupant, he was arrested,” he said.

“Further inquiries were made and, as a result of those inquiries, police later attended an address in Winnellie where they arrested a 50-year-old female in relation to this incident.”

“They also seized another vehicle.”

a police car in a rural area
Police have confirmed the leg belonged to a teenager or adult. (ABC News: Myles Houlbrook-Walk)

Body ‘partially concealed’

Senior Sergeant Morrissey said police then attended another location where they found the body, which he said had been “partially concealed” and was in a condition “consistent with being struck with a vehicle”.

“At 11:45pm last night, police attended a location in Jenkins Road, Virginia, where they located a deceased Aboriginal female,” he said.

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