Man murders dentist ex-girlfriend, stuffs her body into suitcase, and kills himself by crashing his BMW head-on into truck
34-year-old Harshwardhan Narde is believed to have deliberately crashed his car into a semi-trailer after an interview with the police
The ex-boyfriend of a dentist, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase, and who was the prime suspect in her murder killed himself by deliberately crashing his car into a truck just hours after an interview with police.
According to the Daily Mail, 32-year-old Preethi Reddy vanished from Sydney's Central Business District on March 3. She was last captured on CCTV waiting in line at a McDonald's on George Street, opposite The Strand Arcade, at around 2:15 am the same day.
Authorities said she had purchased two bottles of water and then walked to a hotel on Market Street, where she was reportedly staying with 34-year-old Harshwardhan Narde, her ex-boyfriend, also a dentist, with whom she had visited a dental conference in the city during the weekend.
A family source said Reddy had dinner with Narde at an Indian restaurant in Crows Nest the day before she went missing as well and alleged the 34-year-old had been "harassing" Reddy to get back together with him. Friends said the pair met each other seven years ago and that Reddy was adamant on not seeing Narde after their break up.
She was officially reported missing on Sunday after she did not return home from the conference at St. Leonards, which she is said to have departed at around 7 pm on Saturday. She even spoke to family on the phone at around 11:06 a.m. on Sunday and "gave no indication anything was wrong," promising to return home a few hours later.
Her family said her failure to contact them was "out of character," with her sister telling the Daily Mail, "I just want my sister back safely, we are so worried about her. This is not like her, she would not be missing voluntarily... she's our smiling, beautiful angel."
Narde was subsequently questioned by detectives late on Sunday and insisted he and the 32-year-old had gone their separate ways after dinner. The testimony of other dentists, who said they had seen the two chatting happily at the conference on Saturday, meant detectives were unsure if Narde was involved in her disappearance.
Less than a day later, Narde, a dentist in Tamworth, northeast New South Wales, was driving home from the dental conference and allegedly drove his BMW into a semi-trailer on purpose.
The 49-year-old driver of the truck was able to pull himself out of the trailer before it burst into flames.
Police continued to search for Reddy's car, a 2016 grey Volkswagen Golf Comfortline registration DFP78P, and found it at Strachan Lane on Tuesday at around 11:30 pm.
After conducting a search of the vehicle, they found Reddy's body inside a suitcase in the boot. She had been stabbed multiple times.
Glenbook Dental Surgery, where Reddy worked as a general dentist, posted a tribute to the 32-year-old after her body was found, writing, "Glenbrook Dental Surgery staff are in mourning to hear the sad news about Preethi Reddy," with a sign outside the surgery announcing that they would be staying closed on Wednesday in honor of Reddy.