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WA divers search for Chen murder clues

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Police divers have again scoured Perth's Swan River as the investigation continues into the murder of a wealthy, reclusive artist whose body was found inside a suitcase floating on the waterway.

Annabelle Chen's body was found on July 2 but it took until September 5 to identify the 57-year-old after her Melbourne-based daughter reported her missing.

Her daughter travelled to Perth from Melbourne because she was worried that she had not been able to contact her mother since she saw her in Perth on June 30, two days before her body was found.

The divorcee had lived in the affluent suburb of Mosman Park since 1999 and was partly estranged from her large, extended family.

Distinctive ceramic tiles that were found in the suitcase - presumably placed there in a bid to weigh it down - were reportedly also in the bathroom of a home she previously owned on Wellington Street.

It's believed she sold the home several years ago, and the house has had different owners since then. There is no suggestion they knew Ms Chen.

Police, who scoured Ms Chen's Meath Mews property for clues when they revealed her identity on last week, say she suffered significant injuries and it's hoped the dive on Wednesday will provide more information about the circumstances around her violent death.

The divers are searching waters near the Fremantle Traffic Bridge where more of the distinctive tiles were previously found.

A kick scooter with a breadboard strapped to it was also found in the same area and may have been used to move the suitcase.

Police are seeking information from anyone who saw suspicious activity along the river from Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2.

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