“The next challenge is to recover the body of Kirti and the murder weapon used by the accused. We are hopeful of getting leads on that following sustained interrogation of the accused,” a senior officer said.
The crime is eerily similar to the spate of rapes and murders of toddlers in Cuffe Parade and Colaba in 2011-12. Like in South Mumbai, the suspect, seemingly, disappeared into thin air after abducting the child, the police say.
Ankita More (20) of Vashi was found dead on the ground-floor staircase of the Taniya Monarch building in Nallsopara East by residents at 7 pm. The man fled his home after strangling her with a shoelace.
On December 13, 2015, a technician working on the maintenance of a traffic signal near the Mahavir Platinum building at Indian Oil Nagar in Chembur (East) spotted a large red suitcase in the gutter along the road.
According to a doctor from JJ Hospital, the 51-year-old was first brought from Taloja jail to the hospital on December 19 at 4.45 pm with complaints of cough, fever, upper respiratory tract infection and loss of appetite. On December 22, the accused was brought dead to the hospital.