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Preethi Reddy was murdered. After a suspect was questioned, there was another victim.

On Sunday, sometime after 11am, a man named Harshwardhan Narde is seen on CCTV footage checking out of a hotel in Sydney’s CBD.

According to The Daily Telegraph, he hands the hotel porter a large, heavy suitcase, which is dutifully placed into the boot of his car.

It is believed that suitcase carried the body of 32-year-old Sydney dentist, Preethi Reddy.

The alarm was sounded on Sunday evening, with police seeking any information on the missing woman who was last seen purchasing two bottles of water from McDonalds on George St at 2:15am on Sunday morning.

Reddy was due to meet her family for a late breakfast, and spoke with them at 11am. But she never showed up.

Suspicion began to arise over Reddy’s ex-boyfriend, 34-year-old Harshwardhan Narde. A fellow dentist, the pair had spent Saturday together at a conference, and then, as it would later emerge, stayed together on Saturday night.

According to The Sydney Morning HeraldReddy was apprehensive about seeing Narde. Their relationship had been a tumultuous one, spanning several years.

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“She didn’t want to be with him anymore. That was it,” a source told the publication.

The Tamworth dentist was interviewed by police about Reddy’s disappearance, a standard procedure in a missing person’s case.

But on Monday night at 10pm, Narde was found dead on the New England Highway at Willow Tree, just south of Tamworth.

It is understood he drove his BMW into a semi-trailer.

Behind the wheel of that semi-trailer, was the second victim of this horrific case.

An entirely innocent 49-year-old man, driving a truck full of fruit and vegetables, was hit with such force that his vehicle smashed through a railing, and rolled onto its side.

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It was not an accident, but rather a deliberate act perpetrated by the driver of the other vehicle.

The truck driver crawled out of his seat, before the semi-trailer burst into flames.

According to news.com.au, the driver has since been released from Quirindi Hospital, after being treated for minor injuries.

It is understood that Narde died immediately upon impact.

“True suicide ideation is complex and significantly different from criminal behaviour,” Marc Bryant from Mindframe told Mamamia. 

“Thoughts of suicide stem from a sense of hopelessness, feelings of burden and internalised pain.

“The reasons why someone might choose to murder others and to then take their own life, are extremely complex for a different set of reasons. The academic literature available suggests that risk factors can include serious violent problems and substance misuse.

“The trouble with linking these two different behaviours is as we know with suicides, there is evidence that reporting of murder-suicides can lead to ‘copycat’ incidents by people who are contemplating taking their life,” he added.

Armchair Psychology’s Amanda Gordon, a Clinical and Health Psychologist, told Mamamia that the reasons for suicide are complex, and at this stage we cannot speculate about an individual’s motivations.

“Sometimes people get themselves into a position in life and can see no way out,” Gordon said. “And they don’t think there will be life after this event.
“Unfortunately suicide has become a response to something,” she said. “There is always something we can do to make things better, even if you did something absolutely terrible.”

At 9:30pm on Tuesday evening, police found Reddy’s remains inside a suitcase, placed in the back of her Volkswagen Golf.

Police say she had been stabbed “numerous times”.

Her partner Sunny Vemula shared a tribute to Reddy on Facebook which read, “I’ll see you again one day … and we’ll continue where we left off my angel.”

If you think you may be experiencing depression or another mental health problem, please contact your general practitioner or in Australia, contact Lifeline 13 11 14 for support or beyondblue 1300 22 4636.

If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.

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