THE body of Greenhead woman Sabira Alam was found near to a moorland beauty spot.
Sabira, 20, of Vernon Avenue, had been reported missing by her concerned family just days ago.
But a hang-glider made the grim discovery at 10am on Sunday morning and alerted police.
Her body was found on the moors near to Buckstones.
Police say a 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
He remains in police custody.
Yesterday police road blocks prevented motorists from driving past the scene off the A640 Huddersfield Road.
Det Supt Paul Taylor of Homicide and Major Enquiry Team – who is leading the investigation – said: "This is a desperately tragic event. Sabira was a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.
"We need to know why anyone would want to harm her and would ask anyone who may have information to contact us.
"We also want to know if anyone saw her recently and we need to trace items that Sabira is believed to have had on her which are now missing.
"These are a pair of earmuffs, a scarf, a pair of flat red shoes and an I-pod.
"Do you know where these are – if so please tell us?"
A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said Sabira’s family reported her missing to Kirklees police last Friday, April 3.
A family friend, who did not want to be named, appealed for people to help the police and said they were "shocked and upset" and described the incident as "sickening."
Yesterday afternoon police were stopping drivers from travelling along the New Hey Road section of the A640.
One resident Audrey Reynolds, who lives nearby, said: "The first I knew of anything happening was when the police closed the road off.
"Most of us just presumed there had been a car crash but later found out that a woman’s body was discovered.
"It’s terribly sad and we just have to let the police get on with their job now and help them if we can.
"Usually this road is used late at night for boy’s racing their cars up and down – certainly nothing like this."
A second police block was situated near to the junction with Saddleworth Road – nearer to the location where Sabira’s body was discovered off the Huddersfield Road section of the A640.
Police sealed off the scene on Sunday lunchtime and it remained closed yesterday.
Pub’s along the section of the road, which remains closed, were still open but landlords knew very little of the incident.
Stuart Gledhill, of the Jack O’Mitre pub, said: "The police called here on Sunday afternoon and asked if they could look at our CCTV films.
"They had hoped it covered the road but as far as I know it only covers our car park.
"They told us very little other than that the road was closed except for people who wanted to get to Nont Sarah’s or Moorlands Lodge."
Anyone with information in the murder hunt is asked to contact Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor at HMET on 0845 6060606.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.