Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley said:
“The tragic events surrounding the death of Tracey Woodford has had a significant impact upon her friends and family, especially when you consider the harrowing nature of this incident.
“Tracey was last seen by her family at 12:45hrs on Tuesday 21 April 2015. Her dismembered body was found at a flat in Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Pontypridd on Friday 24 April – and the resident of that property; a 50 year-old male – remains in Police custody.
“The suspect’s address and other identified scenes are now subject to the police investigation and subsequent searches.
“Tracey’s family is receiving support from specially trained officers and South Wales Police would like to reassure the community that this is an isolated incident. Tracey was reported missing to police on Wednesday 22 April 2015.
“As part of the missing person report police officers were conducting enquiries in the local area yesterday (24.4.15) and received information that the deceased was with the suspect, at the Skinny Dog Public House on the evening of Tuesday 21 April – and left the premises with him.
“Police officers then visited the suspect’s address at Andrews Court, Rickards Street, Graig and following a search of the property discovered a dismembered body – and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder.
“To assist with our enquiries Police would like to hear from anybody who was in the Skinny Dog Public House on Tuesday 21 April between 21:00hrs and 23:00hrs. Additionally, we would like to hear from you if you live near Andrews Court on Rickard Street in Pontypridd and may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the past few days.
“No matter how insignificant the information may seem, we would like people to contact us. We are grateful for the public support and make a further appeal for any known sightings of Tracey on the evening of Tuesday 21 April 2015. South Wales Police would appreciate the media’s on-going support in allowing the family to grieve in private.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the community of Pontypridd for their on-going help and support during this traumatic investigation.”
Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference *140670 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More information will be released when available and appropriate