A body found in woodland was identified as a missing woman from London.
Mee Kuen Chong, 67, who was also known as Deborah, was last seen in the capital on June 10 and reported missing to the Metropolitan Police the following day.
She was originally from Malaysia but had been living in the Wembley area of London since 2004.
Police have described it as an “unexplained death”.
A senior police source told Devon Live the body was found without a head.
Devon and Cornwall Police were called to a wooded area near Bennett Road, Salcombe, Devon, at about 5pm on Sunday after the body of a woman was located.
A force spokesman said on Wednesday it was believed the body of Mrs Chong may have been there “for some days”.
“Police are investigating the circumstances around Mrs Chong’s death and are now appealing for information from the public to help trace her last movements,” he said.
“They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Mrs Chong between Thursday June 10 and Sunday June 27.
“This would include any hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation where she may have stayed and also from anyone who knows why she was in Salcombe.
“A number of inquiries will be carried out in Salcombe over the coming days, and it is likely that the local community will continue to see a high level of police activity.
“Police would like to reassure the public that while this discovery may cause some concerns in the community, the heightened police presence is to investigate all of the circumstances.”
Anyone with information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting reference number 0700 of June 27.