FOUR people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a distressed woman was left in woods.
The 27-year-old was in a dishevelled state when she stopped a passing driver near Woodsome Hall Golf Club in Fenay Bridge, just after midnight yesterday.
Police say she was treated for injuries, which are not life threatening.
Detectives say they think the woman was taken from a house on Penistone Road at around 11pm on Saturday, before being abandoned at woodland near the golf course and discovered an hour later.
Two men aged 25 and 49; a 17-year-old boy and a woman of 46 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and are being questioned by detectives.
Yesterday scenes of crime officers were carrying out forensic examinations in the woodland. They were searching the thick shrubbery around half a mile away from the entrance to the golf club, which is well away from any nearby properties.
There was also a police guard outside a three-bed detached bungalow on Penistone Road, not far from the Morrisons supermarket. It is advertised as being for sale at £162,000. Three people are registered as living there.
So far two cars have been recovered by police as part of the investigation.
Det Chief Insp Lisa Griffin of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said officers believe a large cardboard box found in the woodland could hold vital clues.
Det Chief Insp Griffin said: “It is important we establish exactly what’s happened to this woman and how she came to be in the woodland.
“We believe from enquiries so far, that she was taken from an address on Penistone Road after 11pm and transported to the woodland in a car.
“Penistone Road is quite a busy road even late at night, and we believe some passing motorists may have seen some activity outside the house.
“Enquiries have also led us to be believe that a large cardboard box recovered from the woodland may have been visible at the time when the woman was being transported at both locations and it is crucial we hear from anyone who may have seen this box last night.”
Anyone with information can call detectives on 01484 436664 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.