Palakkad:  The body of an unidentified woman has been found in a sewer near the national highway at BPL Kootttupatha junction here.

The passers-by, who found the body near the service road near the NH, informed the police.

Preliminary investigations suggest that she might have succumbed to injuries sustained in a road accident.

Blood stains were seen on the road where the body was found. Hence police also investigate whether her body was dumped in the sewer after being run over.

Police say the nature of injuries on her head, upper and lower limbs points to an accident. No marks of assault have been found. More details will be available only after post-mortem, they said.

The woman, estimated to be around 50 years of age, was wearing a red colour sari.

A police team headed by ASP G. Poonkuzhali along with dog squad and forensic expert collected evidence from the spot.

The body has been shifted to district hospital.

The Kasaba police have registered a case.