Lone suspect in Preethi Reddy murder case dies in BMW crash

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 07, 2019 15:56 hrs
Preethi Reddy

Melbourne: In a huge twist to the murder of a 32-year-old Indian-origin woman dentist in Australia case, the lone suspect and ex-lover has died in BMW crash.

He has travelled 400 kilometres in a desperate attempt to meet her despite knowing that she was dating another man, police officials said they struggling to determine what happened in a window of several hours on the day of her death.

The man suspected of murdering the Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase, with numerous stabs, in her car parked in an eastern Sydney street, New South Wales, is her alleged ex-boyfriend Harsh Narde.

Narde died due to BMW crash a day after his ex-girlfriend was reported missing. The head-on collision, around 340 kilometres from where Reddy's body was found, is believed to have been deliberate, they said.

Police reportedly believe Narde travelled with the sole purpose of seeing his ex-girlfriend despite her telling him: "I've moved on, you need to do the same", The Daily Telegraph reported.

"Preethi told him she had met someone else and that it was serious and she was moving to Melbourne," according to sources.

A colleague of Reddy and Narde said he last saw the pair chatting animatedly in the hotel lobby following the event on Saturday night. Narde had no history of violence.

"They looked happy and stayed back to chat after the conference ended at 7pm," he said.

"I knew they (had previously been) in a long-term relationship, many of us did. The bizarre thing I noticed that night was that he took down his Facebook shortly after the conference. It made me wonder why."

A few hours later, Reddy was captured on CCTV inside McDonald's in Sydney about 2.15am on Sunday. CTV footage shows Reddy standing at the counter before she appeared to leave alone and walk south on Market St. Further surveillance footage shows her entering the Swissotel foyer about five minutes later.

A NSW Police spokesperson said Reddy stayed in the hotel with "a man known to her" overnight.

She spoke to her family last at 11am on Sunday over the phone and told them she would have a late breakfast then head home to Penrith. But when she failed to return that night, her family reported her missing and created a Facebook page to help find her.

Narde was captured on the hotel's CCTV camera getting help from a hotel porter to lift a large and heavy suitcase into the boot of a car on Sunday afternoon, according to The Daily Telegraph.

It was later discovered that the bag contained Reddy's body in the boot of her car on a laneway in Sydney's eastern suburbs around 9.30pm on Tuesday. She had been stabbed numerous times.

While Reddy was still the subject of a missing person's inquiry on Sunday night, Narde sent a series of text messages, to one of her concerned friends. Friends of Reddy asked Narde about his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts via text message at 9.24pm Sunday.

In text messages obtained by the Daily Mail, one friend asked if he'd seen or heard from her.

“Hey, I spoke to her in person on Saturday evening She said (she was going) home," he replied in the text messages.

When the friend suggested Reddy was maybe sleeping somewhere, he replied: Maybe.

And when the friend admitted they were scared Reddy had been missing for so long, Narde said he was too.

"I feel disturbed as well am sitting at one place for the last 30 minutes," he wrote.

Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate revealed officers grilled Narde while Reddy was still the subject of a missing person's inquiry.

In a shocking turn of events, Narde died about 10pm on Monday night a day after Reddy was reported missing in a head-on collision with a truck near Tamworth in what police believe was a deliberate act.

Police have since appealed to the public to help them trace Reddy's final movements. But Dengate cautioned against speculation as to what happened. We're looking at the timeline of when they met up, he said. We're still making inquiries. It is very difficult now, with what's happened, to get that.

"At this stage we know they met up in Sydney, now we're looking at all the movements between those two to establish exactly what happened," the officials told.

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