Indian- Origin Dentist who was stabbed to death in Sydney
The sister of a woman who was murdered and stuffed in a suitcase has penned an emotional tribute to the 'loveable, kind and protective' dentist.
Police are currently examining CCTV footage of the suspected killer requiring assistance from a hotel employee to carry a heavy suitcase into the boot of a car. The body of Preethi Reddy, 32, was found in a bag in the boot of her own car on Wednesday evening - four days after police suspect she was murdered by her ex-lover, 34-year-old Harshwardhan Narde.
Officers believe he stabbed her to death in his hotel room at Swissotel in Sydney's CBD before driving it 7km south to Kingsford, in the city's east, where he dumped the vehicle. Narde then deliberately drove his BMW into a semi-trailer and was killed instantly in the fiery crash on Monday night, as he headed home to Tamworth.
NITHYA REDDY'S HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE TO HER MURDERED SISTER
Words cannot capture the pain we are feeling with the passing of my beautiful big sister. Preethi was a bright light, loveable, kind, and protective of all whom were lucky enough to have been loved and cared for by her.
Prior to this unthinkable event, she had been the happiest I’d ever seen her — she was living her best life.
On behalf of my family, I want to thank anyone who shared our appeals to find her, and those who provided information to the police and us over the last few days. While we now know that Preethi is no longer with us, the certainty of her movements on Saturday night and Sunday morning are not yet fully known, and we will stay in touch with detectives as they work it all out.
To the media, thank you for your assistance thus far, but please respect that our family, particularly my parents and Preethi’s partner, (who) are going through the hardest thing that anyone can endure, and please respect that we need our privacy right now. We ask that everyone keep that in mind that we are grieving and we need space to do that. Finally, let the police do what they need to do to solve this horrific tragedy. Our family will never be the same without Preethi in our lives.
Please let her beautiful soul rest in peace.
Saturday, March 2
7pm: Preethi Reddy leaves a dental convention in St Leonards on Sydney's north shore.
Sunday, March 3
2.15am: Dr Reddy is seen at a McDonald's on George Street in the Sydney CBD.
She stayed at a hotel on Market Street in the Sydney CBD with a man known to her.
11am: Dr Reddy last spoke to her family, telling them she planned to head home after having a late breakfast.
Dr Reddy's family report her missing later on Sunday night.
Monday, March 4
10pm: The man Dr Reddy stayed with died after driving his BMW into a deliberate head-on crash with a truck.
Tuesday, March 5
9.30pm: Her body is found stuffed inside a suitcase in the boot of her grey Volkswagen Golf on a street in Kingsford.
The 32-year-old from Western Sydney had been attending a dental convention at St Leonards over the weekend, but had allegedly expressed concerns over the possibility of bumping into her ex-boyfriend, Narde at the event.
Police believe Narde, who was working as a dentist in a Tamworth practice, travelled the 400km to the convention purely to see Dr Reddy. Friends of Dr Reddy told Daily Mail Australia she and Narde had a tumultuous five-year relationship that ended for good last year, and she moved on and started dating another man in November. The new boyfriend, whom Dr Reddy told friends she planned to move to Melbourne with and marry, posted a heartbreaking tribute to her on Tuesday afternoon.
Police revealed on Wednesday they had obtained CCTV from the Swissotel Hotel where Narde was staying, which showed Dr Reddy in the foyer, sometime on Sunday morning. At 10.06am she spoke to her family by phone, saying she was getting a late breakfast and would be home in a few hours. She was never heard from again.
A close friend of Dr Reddy said she suspected Narde probably took her to dinner to try to get back together and she went along with out of guilt. She believed Narde snapped and murdered her when he found out she planned to move to Melbourne to start a new life with her new boyfriend.
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