Indian-origin dentist’s body found in Sydney, ex-boyfriend suspect

Sydney: A thirty-two year-old Indian origin dentist in Sydney who went missing on Sunday after attending a dental convention was found stabbed to death Tuesday night. Her ex-boyfriend, who was killed in a car crash on Monday a day after Dr Preethi Reddy disappeared, is a suspect.

Dr Reddy worked at Glenbrook Dental Surgery in the Blue Mountains, about 70km west of Sydney. According to media reports, police found the dentist’s body in a suitcase in her car.

Body had multiple stab injuries

The body had numerous stab injuries. The New South Wales police said they were probing the circumstances surrounding Dr Reddy’s death.

According to the police, Preethi stayed at a hotel on Market Street in Sydney’s CBD on Sunday with her ex-boyfriend, who has been identified as Harsh Nadre.

Her boyfriend was also mysteriously killed in a head-on collision with a truck on the New England Highway, south of Tamworth on Monday night. The head-on collision, around 340 kilometres from where Preethi’s body was found, is believed to have been deliberate.

Police had spoken to ex-boyfriend

In a media conference on Wednesday, an NSW Police spokesman confirmed that police had spoken to the ex-boyfriend, who has also been identified as a dentist, as part of the missing person investigation before he was killed on Monday.

“The ABC understands Dr Narde was the key suspect in Dr Reddy’s murder,” the report said. Her death left her colleagues shaken.

“It’s devastating, and this is completely out of character,” dental assistant Chelsea Holmes told the ABC. “I spoke to her last Thursday and it was ‘see you next week’ and completely normal.”

Preethi was first reported missing by her family on Sunday after she failed to come home from a dental convention at St Leonards on the suburbs of Sydney.

Police were told she last made contact with her family at about 11am on Sunday, saying she planned to head home after having a late breakfast in Sydney.

Her sister, Nithya Reddy, posted on Facebook that she had previously been located at Hotel Urban in Greenwich on Sydney’s lower north shore. A Facebook page set up to help find Dr Preethi Reddy said it was “highly out of character for Preethi to not contact family and loved ones”.

(With agency inputs)