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.
- Police allege the woman was hit by a car driven by a 23-year-old man on Monday night
- They located the woman’s body at a property outside Darwin
- The 23-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman are expected to be charged later today
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.”
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.
“We believe this is the victim of the collision.
“It will be alleged that the 23-year-old male was the driver involved in the collision impacting the victim.
“It will be further alleged that the 50-year-old female has assisted him in removing the deceased to another location, in an attempt to conceal the crime.”
Senior Sergeant Morrissey said the body had been discovered “a number of kilometers away” but “within [the same] area” as the presumed hit and run.
The woman has not yet been identified.
The 23-year-old man and 50-year-old woman are in police custody but have not yet been charged.
Senior Sergeant Morrissey said police expected to charge the pair later today with “offenses in relation to driving causing death and attempt to pervert the course justice”.
He couldn’t say if the two people were related.
Police allege the man was the driver in the incident, and the woman helped him remove the deceased to another location.
Authorities also believe speed was a factor in the incident.
Senior Sergeant Morrissey described the pair’s alleged behavior as “terrible”, and said it was particularly concerning there had been several hit and run incidents in the Northern Territory in recent months.
Police inquiries are continuing.
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