SINGAPORE - Mystery surrounds the identity of the headless corpse found floating in Whampoa River on Thursday morning.
But some residents at Block 34 Whampoa West, near Serangoon Road, speculate she could have been a maid.
They said they were questioned by plainclothes officers on Thursday afternoon and based their assumption on the type of questions police asked.
One of the residents, who wanted to be known only as Madam Wong, said that the officers came to her flat on the ninth floor and asked her if she had spotted any suspicious characters along the corridor.
Said the housewife, who is in her 50s and has been living there for more than 20 years: "The police also asked me if I have a maid and if any of my neighbours have one. I told them that I don't and they went next door to talk to my neighbours.
"They did not tell me why they asked such questions."
The block is located about 1km from where the corpse was found. Its hands had been hacked off.
The police have re-classified the case as a murder on Friday.
One of Madam Wong's neighbours, who gave his name as Mr Ganesan, said that the police spoke to him on Thursday afternoon and asked about his personal details.
Said the slim 65-year-old man: "I told them I came from India and I'm here to visit my family members."