Indian-origin dentist Preeti Reddy murdered in Australia; body found in suitcase

Dr. Preethi Reddy 32 and Dr. Harshwardhan Narde 34

Enlarge Image Dr. Preethi Reddy 32 and Dr. Harshwardhan Narde 34 Facebook

The ex-boyfriend of stabbed Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy died in a "deliberate" head-on collision a day before her body was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase, police say. Her ex-boyfriend, Harsh Narde, who died in a vehicle crash on the New England Highway on Monday night, a day after Preethi Reddy was reported missing, is the prime suspect in the case.

What is known is her now dead ex-boyfriend, Tamworth dentist Harshwardhan Narde, drove 400 kilometres to attend a dental conference at St Leonards in Sydney's north where he met up with Dr Reddy over the weekend.

Her body had been stabbed numerous times. Her boyfriend was also mysterious killed in a head-on collision with a truck on the New England Highway, south of Tamworth Monday night.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. The ghastly murder is believed to have taken place on Sunday considering the details of her last contact with the family members.

Glenbrook Dental Surgery, where Reddy had worked and which had been appealing for information about her disappearance, said staff were "in mourning" after news of her death.

The police said they spoke to Narde, aged in his thirties, as part of the missing persons investigation, before his death.

She is believed to have spoken with her family at about 11am on Sunday, telling them she would be having a late breakfast before heading home.

The last images police have of Dr Reddy show her at McDonald's on George Street in Sydney's CBD at around 2:15am on Sunday.

The gruesome discovery came just hours after police issued a public appeal to find the 32-year-old from Penrith.

Three days later, the Australian woman's body was found stuffed in a suitcase in an abandoned auto.

She was reported missing to Nepean Police Area Command later that night after she failed to arrive home. "I spoke to her last Thursday and it was "see you next week" and completely normal", she said adding "Now I am just praying she will be found", Holmes said.

Meanwhile, Reddy's sister described her sibling as a "bright light", according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

On Wednesday night, Reddy's sister, Nithya, released a short statement saying the dentist was "living her best life" before "this unthinkable event". Her family reported that Harsh has been harassing her from some time.

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