Police are confirming that the ‘mangled’ body of a woman was struck by several vehicles on Upper Brook Street, yesterday.
A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving last night and remains in police custody.
Officers are appealing to the public to identify the woman and have released the last image of her before being run over by several vehicles during the morning rush hour of the busy commuter road.
Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry from Longsight police station told MM: “There is evidence that the woman was hit by a number of vehicles. It is a very busy commuter route and this was a tragic accident.”
CCTV has also been released of a man walking away moments after the incident happened, where he picked up the shoes, and possibly handbag, of the Asian woman as her remains were found in the middle of the road.
Longsight Police believe the man may have picked up the belongings ‘in good faith’, from a 50-100 metre vicinity.
Superintendent Chaudhry added: “This gentleman has been seen on CCTV picking up the woman’s shoes and then walking away.
“Now it may well be that this person has put them to one side or that he will hand them into a local police station, possibly considering them to be lost. Those items, and in particular the handbag, are essential to see as they may help us identify this lady.
“[The possessions] weren’t on the person at time, they were in the vicinity, in the region of 50-100 meters away.”
Officers are appealing to the public to help identify the woman and have described her as Asian, with black hair, and she was wearing gold bangles on each wrist, had a pierced nose, a toe ring and was wearing saffron-coloured Asian clothing.
She is also believed to have had a black handbag, which has not yet been traced but police suspect the man who picked up the shoes may have taken the handbag as well.
There is no CCTV footage of the handbag being taken however eye witnesses have described how the man ran off after picking up the item.
Many people witnessed the ‘horrific sight’. One Tweeter said: “Just saw possibly the most disturbing thing of my life cycling along Upper Brook Street. Keep an eye out on the news, too bad to tweet it.”
Another added: “Cant believe what I’ve just seen in the middle of Upper Brook Street a body all mangled or a pig or something across the road?!?”
Superintendent Chaudhry added: “We have currently not had reports of any missing people in the area, and we would urge anyone who has concerns to call us as soon as possible.
“It’s possible that this person could have been visiting Manchester and possibly one of the hospitals and we are working with other police forces to help identify her.”
He said: “This incident has caused a lot of distress within the community and I’d like to point out to the public that we have a team of experienced officers investigating this matter.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 4245 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.