“Our focus at this stage is identifying the woman,” Det-Sen Sgt Taylor said.
“We are working with local, national and international partners in an effort to identify her.
“We encourage anyone who saw suspicious activity on the Swan River over the past week to
Police described the woman, who was not listed as a missing person in any jurisdiction in Australia, as being aged between 35 and 45. She was 158cm tall, weighed 59kg and had a red shade in her hair.
The woman was wearing a Kathmandu vest, a black T-shirt with a distinctive “Tokyo Disneyland” logo, and a long sleeve shirt.
The suitcase was a large blue “SB Polo” travel bag and a “small amount” of 20cm x 6cm ceramic tiles were also found in the bag.
The discovery was made a few hundred metres from the Water Police headquarters in North Fremantle and police divers spent several hours working from a Mosman Park jetty searching for clues.
Det-Sen Sgt Taylor confirmed the fishermen found the suitcase floating on the surface of the water. The bag was locked but a zip came open when the fisherman dragged it into their boat.
They contacted water police immediately.
Det-Sen Sgt Taylor said the police investigation had included extensive CCTV searches on both sides of the river and officers were liaising with experts on tides and currents to narrow down where the suitcase entered the water.
Water police were also combing the area on Monday.
WA Police have not been able to find the woman’s DNA or fingerprints in any database in Australia and have contacted international authorities.
“Ordinarily we wouldn’t go to this forum to identify someone but we have very little to go from so we would like the public’s assistance,” Det-Sen Sgt Taylor said.
“I can’t explain how terrible it would be for a family not to know.
“It is a horrible death.
“I would like to say to the public that this is a random incident, it’s not something that West Australians are used to.
“It’s something WA police will investigate to its fullest, we won’t stop until we get a result.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au