It was a passerby who made the macabre discovery on Friday morning.
At 206, quai de Valmy, at the intersection of rue Louis-Blanc (10th), a human body was floating with a suitcase in the Saint-Martin canal.
Police and firefighters converged.
The victim, a woman, in cardiopulmonary arrest, was rescued.
She was declared dead at 11:45 a.m. with "medico-legal obstacle".
His body was transported by the funeral services to the forensic institute, located quai de la Râpée (XII).
A handrail statement found in a suitcase
An important rescue device - around thirty firefighters and police - had been deployed, the river traffic interrupted by the canal service. At first, the rescuers had difficulty locating the body which had drifted. A canine group of firefighters was called, the dogs being able to detect body odors even from submerged bodies. And a medical team from the Hôtel-Dieu hospital present, who tried, in vain, cardiac massage.
The suitcase floating alongside the victim was also fished out. It contained identity papers - which made it possible to identify him - personal effects, women's clothing. The suitcase also contained a handrail statement filed at the police station in Chennevières-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne) which reported domestic violence on the part of the partner, hence the doubts of the investigators.
“In fact, details a source close to the file, the first results of the autopsy, the external examination of the body, did not reveal any suspicious traces.
In addition, the video surveillance images that were viewed showed a woman wandering around the canal, alone.
The criminal track seems to deviate.
Apart from the handrail which reported disputes with her spouse, the investigators found nothing.
The victim, mother of four children, was coming out of a stay in psychiatry.