– With AAP
A man believed to be the ex-boyfriend of murdered Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy died a day before her body was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase.
Harsh Narde is suspected of murdering Reddy, his ex. He was also a dentist.
Investigators found Dr Reddy dead in her grey Volkswagen Golf on Strachan Lane in Kingsford east of the city about 9.30pm on Tuesday. She had been stabbed “numerous times”.
The gruesome discovery came just hours after police issued a public appeal to find the 32-year-old from Penrith.
Dr Reddy was reported missing on Sunday after she failed to return home following a dental convention at St Leonards over the weekend.
She was captured on CCTV inside McDonald's at the Strand Arcade in Sydney's CBD about 2.15am on Sunday - the last time she was seen.
She was standing alone, wearing a dark-green long-sleeved top, black pants, and black ballet flats. She appeared to leave alone.
She last spoke with her family about 11am that morning, saying she planned to head home after having a late breakfast.
Friends and family had "serious concerns for her safety" as her disappearance was out of character.
NSW Police detectives now believe Dr Reddy stayed at a hotel on Market Street on Sunday "with a man known to her".