Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a missing Penrith woman whose body was located in Sydney’s south-east overnight.
Preethi Reddy, aged 32, was reported missing by her family on Sunday (3 March 2019), after she failed to come home from a dental convention at St Leonards.
Police were told she last made contact with her family about 11am on Sunday, saying she planned to head home after having a late breakfast in Sydney.
Initial inquiries revealed she attended a fast food restaurant on George Street near King Street about 2.15am that day and appeared to leave alone, walking toward Market Street.
Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command established Strike Force Carlwood to investigate her disappearance, which included inquiries to locate her vehicle, a grey Volkswagen Golf.
Following an appeal for information to the community, Preethi’s vehicle was located parked on Strachan Street, Kingsford, about 9.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 5 March 2019).
During a search of the vehicle, police located Preethi’s body in a suitcase. She had been stabbed numerous times.
Further inquiries have established that Preethi stayed at a hotel on Market Street, Sydney CBD, on Sunday with a man known to her.
Strike Force Carlwood investigators have since been notified that the man died in a head-on collision on the New England Highway, Willow Tree, about 10pm on Monday (4 March 2019).
Detectives from Oxley Police Area Command are investigation the circumstances surrounding the collision, which is believed to be a deliberate act.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding Preethi’s murder are continuing with the assistance of the Homicide Squad.
Some of the community groups had planned a prayer meeting for Preethi Redy on 6th March at 7.15 pm in South Penrith, which has now been cancelled after the family advised they are not in a state of mind to sit and participate in the prayer.
A Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/findpreethi/ set up found a lot of interest and people commented trying to inquire about Preethi.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Carlwood investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.
In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14 and the national family violence counseling service is on 1800 737 732.