Indian-origin dentist Preethi Reddy missing in Australia

Muriel Colon
March 8, 2019

Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy went missing on Sunday morning shortly after she called her family to say she was heading home.

She last spoke with her family about 11am later that morning, saying she planned to head home after having a late breakfast, police said.

Dr Reddy's remains were found in a suitcase inside her vehicle in laneway at Kingsgate in Sydney's eastern suburbs just before 9.30pm last night. She had been stabbed "numerous times", police said.

The man is believed to be her former boyfriend who was also attending the dental conference, a police source told AAP.

"At that time it was still a missing person's inquiry", Detective Superintendent Dengate said.

The last images police have of Dr Reddy showed her at McDonald's on George Street in Sydney's CBD at around 2.15am on Sunday.

She bought two bottles of water before leaving, walking south towards Market Street.

The suspect, Harsh Narde, who was her colleague at her previous workplace, was also found killed in a vehicle crash about 350 km from the place where Preeti's body was found. Police suspect that the accident of Narde was intentional and perhaps a suicide.

According to reports, the dentist's ex-boyfriend has also died in a road accident that appeared to be a deliberate one the police said.

"It used to be a safe area so I'm just a bit concerned now".

"The freaky thing I noticed that night was that he took down his Facebook shortly after the conference. I didn't notice anything odd about that".

Dr Reddy, a dentist from Penrith, had been attending a dental convention at St Leonards on Sydney's north shore over the weekend.

She left a dental conference about 7pm and was seen in her auto an hour later at the Hotel Urban in St Leonards, her sister said.

Her colleagues posted a tribute on Facebook on Wednesday, saying staff at the clinic were "in mourning" after hearing the news of her death.

"It's devastating, and this is completely out of character", dental assistant Chelsea Holmes told the ABC.

"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".

Investigators believe they know who killed Dr Reddy but are pleading for more information about her whereabouts before her death, including when and where she reconnected with her ex-boyfriend.

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