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Woman found dead in suitcase believed to have been murdered by ex-partner

Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy was stabbed several times.
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The body of Sydney woman Preethi Reddy was found in a suitcase after she had been missing for three days.

Police believe Preethi, a 32-year-old dentist, was stabbed to death by her ex-partner Harshwardhan Narde.

Narde, 34, was questioned by police the day before Preethi’s body was discovered.

That night, Narde was killed in a head-on collision near Tamworth on Monday night – in an act NSW Police believe was ‘deliberate’, according to News.com.au.

Preethi’s body was found in the suitcase, which was hidden inside the boot of a car on Tuesday evening.

Police allege Narde stabbed Preethi to death in a hotel room in the Sydney CBD on Sunday, before putting her body in a suitcase and driving it to the eastern suburbs.

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Friends and family of Preethi sent Narde worried messages after she did not return home on Sunday morning.

Preethi’s sister Nithya released a heartbreaking statement following her tragic death.

‘Words cannot capture the pain we are feeling with the passing of my beautiful big sister,’ she said.

‘Preethi was a bright light, loveable, kind, and protective of all whom were lucky enough to have been loved and cared for by her.’

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