THE woman whose torso was found in a Cunupia river on Wednesday could have been killed over the Carnival weekend and dismembered to conceal her identity.
The head, legs and arms were missing and police said they could have been cut off with a sharp instrument, likely a cutlass.
An investigator said a chunk of flesh from the left leg appeared to have been sliced off, probably where an identifying mark or a tattoo with a name may have been.
The victim appears to have been in her mid-20s, light-skinned and had tattoos of a spider on her right thigh and a heart tattoo with a pair of wings on her back.
The body was clad in a blue "Baby Phat" t-shirt.
The mutilated body was found at Guayamare River on Wednesday and a team of officers from the Central Division, led by Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham and Sgt Jerry Hosein, examined the area for clues.
Police said based on the state of decomposition, the woman's remains did not appear to be more than two or three days old.
The body will be kept at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, for identification.
Anyone with information can contact the Cunupia Police Station at 665-3080, or the Chaguanas Police Station at 665-5271.