Woman's body found in canal as cops release photo of her red slippers in bid to find family

A WOMAN'S body was found in a canal this morning with cops treating her death as "unexplained".

Police have released a picture of the red slippers she was wearing when she was found in the canal in Smethwick, West Midlands, in a desperate bid to find her family.

The elderly woman, believed to be in her 60s or 70s, was found this morning in the canal off John Bright Street.

She has black with short grey afro hair, and was wearing a black bob style wig.

The woman was also wearing a hearing aid, a blue and white striped t-shirt with lobsters on, and a beige cardigan.

Along with the pictured slippers, she was found wearing a long blue and white floral skirt.

Cops have released an urgent plea in a bid to get in touch with the woman's family.

Her death is being treated as unexplained, cops confirmed.

West Midlands Police said: "The body of a woman has been found in the canal off John Bright Street in Smethwick this morning (1 Sept).

"We are trying to identify her, so that her relatives can be informed of this sad news, and asking for the public’s help to find out who she is.

"We have released a picture of the red slippers she was wearing in the hope that someone may recognise them.

"The woman is thought to be in her 60s or 70s, and black with short grey afro hair, wearing a black bob style wig.

"She has a hearing aid and was wearing a blue and white striped t-shirt with lobsters on, a beige cardigan and a long blue and white floral skirt.

"She was also wearing a dark pink anorak and the slippers.

"Her death is currently being treated as unexplained and we are asking anyone who knows who she is to contact us urgently quoting log 891 of 1/9.

"You can get in touch via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101."

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