“Uncle, please trace my mom,” were the infantile words that came from a three-year-old girl when her grandmother came with a petition to the Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan last week.

The woman had come to the District Police Officer to submit a petition seeking to expedite the 8-month-old case of her missing daughter.

A married woman, R. Saranya (25) had differences of opinion with her husband and went back to her parents living in Harveypatti.

When she went missing on September 12, 2012, the Tirunagar police had registered a case.

Though the police had interrogated a few persons, they could not trace the woman.

The SP ordered the Tirunagar police to expedite the investigation, following which the call details of the mobile phone of the missing woman were analysed. The police found that a 17-year-old boy had frequently interacted with the woman over the mobile phone, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

During interrogation, the boy spilled the beans. The boy is said to have confessed of having had friendship with her.

He had taken her to a secluded place near Tirupparankundram. Following a wordy quarrel, the boy had hit her with a liquor bottle lying nearby. When she fell unconscious, he had taken over three sovereigns of gold from her and pushed her into an unused well.

“Since, it was a very secluded place, the bad odour from the decomposed body did not attract people’s attention,” the Inspector of Police (Tirunagar), R. Jayakumar, said.

A team of police, led by the Tirupparankundram Deputy Superintendent of Police, P. Purushothaman, recovered some bones from the well. The police said that the parents of the deceased had identified the body to be their daughter.

The police have altered the case of woman missing to murder.

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