Detectives investigating the death of a woman found in the boot of a car in Corrimal bushland are hunting for an Illawarra man described as "highly dangerous".
Police on Sunday confirmed that the body found on Thursday night was that of 41-year-old Wollongong woman Linda Stevens.
A post-mortem examination has revealed the woman sustained multiple puncture wounds but it's not yet clear what caused them.
Local and homicide detectives who formed Strike Force Benewa to investigate Ms Stevens' death have now named Colin Maxwell Farrow, 39, as a person of interest.
He has been described as being caucasian, 184-190 centimetres tall with a solid build and tattoos of a cross on his lower left arm, a hinge on his left elbow, and a crucifix-swastika on his upper right arm.
Farrow also has the word 'mum' inked on his right wrist.
Ms Stevens' body was discovered by police in the boot of her Kia sedan in bushland at nearby Corrimal.
Police had originally been responding to reports of a car driving erratically in the area around 2.45pm (AEST) that day.
They found the car that afternoon but did not guess at the grim cargo hidden in the boot.
They searched Ms Stevens' Bligh Street home while they were trying to track down the car's owner, then returned to the car where they made the gruesome discovery at 7.30pm.
Farrow is believed to be living in the Illawarra and is considered highly dangerous.
Anyone who sees Farrow is urged not to approach him but instead to dial 000 immediately.