– With AAP
1. Police continue to piece together Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy’s final hours.
Police are continuing to piece together the final hours of Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy’s life before she was killed and stuffed in a suitcase in her own car.
The Penrith woman’s body was found in her VW Golf in a Kingsford lane about 9.30pm on Tuesday, almost three days after she was last seen.
She had been stabbed “numerous times”.
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Her former boyfriend, Tamworth dentist Harshwardhan Narde, 34, had hours earlier taken his own life in a fiery car crash on the New England Highway.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the pair had been in an on-again, off-again long-distance relationship for several years, but last year Dr Reddy ended things.
It was an unequivocal decision, her friends said, and she had moved on with a new boyfriend.
In a statement released on behalf of Dr Reddy’s family, her sister Nithya said: “Words cannot capture the pain we are feeling with the passing of my beautiful big sister.
“Preethi was a bright light, loveable, kind, and protective of all whom were lucky enough to have been loved and cared for by her.
“Prior to this unthinkable event, she had been the happiest I’d ever seen her — she was living her best life.”
The statement added: "We ask that everyone keep that in mind that we are grieving and we need space to do that."
Investigators believe they know who killed Dr Reddy but are pleading for more information about her whereabouts before her death.
"It's very important for us because, right now, we are working for Preethi and we are working for Preethi's family as well," Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said on Wednesday.