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Missing Indian-origin dentist’s body found in a suitcase

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Published on March 10, 2019 with No Comments

A 32-year-old dentist of Indian origin, whose family hails from Mahbubnagar in Telangana in India, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in Sydney, days after she went missing. Police investigations into the death of Preethi Reddy, whose body was found in a suitcase in the boot of a car in the Kingsford area of Sydney on Tuesday, have zeroed in on a 34-yearold man, who was killed in a head-on collision on Monday night. Cops said the man, Harshwardhan Narde, was Preethi’s former boyfriend and a fellow dentist. They added that they had spoken to Narde as part of their investigation after they were alerted by Preethi’s family about her disappearance.

Preethi was last seen in a CCTV footage at a McDonald’s outlet at Strand Arcade in Sydney at 2.15am on Sunday and appeared to leave alone. Police said Narde died on the New England Highway at Willow Tree, some 340 km from where Preethi’s body was found, at about 10pm on Monday after ramming his BMW into a semitrailer. “Investigators believe the collision was deliberate by Narde,” New South Wales police said. The driver of the truck veered off the road after the crash and managed to escape before his vehicle burst into flames.

Police said during inquiries they had found that Preethi stayed in a hotel on Market Street on Sunday with Narde. She was reported missing on Sunday night after she failed to return home following a dental meet at St Leonards. “She spoke with us at 11am on Sunday. She gave no indication that something was wrong,” her sister Nithya Reddy, 28, who also lives in Sydney, said. It is believed that Preethi was killed in the hotel room. After the murder, Narde drove 7km south of Kingsford, abandoned her body in the car’s boot and left the place.

Preethi’s father Narasimha Reddy, who migrated to Australia several years ago, is a professor in Western Sydney University. When Preethi went missing, her family put out messages on social media for help. Nithya even started a Facebook page “Help Find Preethi Reddy”. Relatives of Preethi in Hyderabad, the US and Australia took to the social media to put out messages asking people to track her. After the cops broke the news of finding Preethi’s body, Nithya said, “Our dearest Preethi is no longer with us.”


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