Officers were called to the Pay and Sleep hostel in The Crescent, Southall, just before 3pm on Friday after the body was found.
Police are investigating after the body of a woman was found in a suitcase in a west London hostel.
The Metropolitan police said in a statement on the discovery that the death was being treated as unexplained and enquiries to identify the woman continued.
No arrests had been made and officers remained at the scene, police said.
According to a report, a painter at the hostel discovered the body, two weeks after neighbours reported a “foul-smelling odour”.
A resident at the hostel, who gave her name as Lisa, said the woman’s boyfriend disappeared after the incident.
“She lived in the floor up at the top. We were told by one of the other Polish guys that she’d gone to Victoria coach station,” she said.
“No one could get hold of her, but now we know why. Her boyfriend has gone missing, because she had someone living in the room with her. We don’t know where he is.”
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Lisa described the woman as “a lovely girl” who “kept herself to herself”.
Another resident, Martin, said he had known the woman for about five years when he lived in Acton and that they had been good friends.
“We had similar friends. Nice girl, very nice and friendly,” he said. “A very good person.”
The police said a postmortem examination would take place on Saturday at Fulham mortuary, adding that officers would not be discussing the circumstances of the discovery further at this stage.