The charred body of a woman was found in the boot of a burning BMW at Diep River railway station in Cape Town on Thursday evening, police said on Friday.

“After the fire was extinguished, the burnt body of a female was found in the boot of the vehicle,” police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said.

Earlier that day, 57-year-old Gill Packham was reported missing by a relative at the Diep River police station.

“Mrs Packham was last seen leaving her Constantia residence yesterday morning in her green BMW sedan,” said Traut.

However, the police believe it is too soon to make an assumption or link the disappearance of Packham to the burning vehicle.