Police find woman’s body after leg found on highway near Darwin

Two people have been arrested after a human leg was found on a Northern Territory highway this week following what police allege was a hit-and-run.

The leg of a "dark-skinned human being" was discovered by a member of the public on the Stuart Highway, just north of Coolalinga, on Tuesday morning but no body could be found.

At about 11.45pm yesterday, police attended a home on Jenkins Road in Virginia and recovered the remainder of a woman's body.

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Police will allege a 23-year-old male driver hit and killed the woman before his 50-year-old female passenger helped with moving the body to another location.

The man and woman were earlier arrested at separate homes in Palmerston and Winnellie last night.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Morrissey said police had located a "deceased Aboriginal woman" whose body was "partially concealed" at the Jenkins Road home.

"We believe this is the victim of the collision," he said.

Morrissey said the pair would be charged later today with "offences in relation to driving causing death and attempting to pervert the course of justice".

He could not confirm if the pair are related.

The woman is yet to be identified.

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