Cardiologist D. Sheshagiri Rao’s wife Vijaya Lakshmi, missing for the past four days, was found dead in their house at Journalists Colony in Jubilee Hills on Wednesday.

The decomposed body of the 45-year-old woman was lying in the store room on the second floor. Mr. Rao’s daughter, pursuing physiotherapy course, grew suspicious as foul smell emanated in the afternoon. She went upstairs and found the decomposed body after the doors were forcibly opened.

A note purportedly written by Ms. Lakshmi found in the room suggested that she was depressed over her father’s death. “Daddy, I cannot live without you,” she stated in the note. Her father died a year ago. An apple juice bottle and a glass of water were found in the room.

A strip of sleeping pills lying in the room suggested that she ended her life by consuming them, but the exact causes of death are yet to be ascertained, the West zone DCP V. Satyanarayana said. Four days ago, Mr. Rao informed the police that his wife was missing.

The next day, he formally lodged a complaint and a case of missing woman was registered. Investigators found that the woman had purchased 30 sleeping pills from a local medical store before her disappearance.

A case of suspicious death under Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code was registered. Mr. Rao works in Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. While working as head of the department of cardiology in NIMS, he was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau officials on charge of receiving bribe from a stent supplier in January this year. He was suspended, but reinstated later.

Daughter discovers decomposed body of the ‘missing’ woman in the house

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