The ex-boyfriend who is suspected of killing young Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy, who later died in a “deliberate” head-on collision, has been identified.
Investigators found Dr Reddy’s body in a suitcase inside her own car on Strachan Lane in Kingsford east of the city about 9.30pm on Tuesday. She had been stabbed “numerous times”.
Police are now investigating whether her ex-partner, Tamworth dentist Dr Harshwardhan Narde, is linked to her death after the pair stayed at a hotel together on Saturday night.
It is believed they had both attended the same dental convention in St Leonards over the weekend before Dr Reddy was declared a missing person.
She was captured on CCTV inside McDonald’s at the Strand Arcade in Sydney’s CBD about 2.15am on Sunday and appeared to leave alone.
NSW Police detectives believe Dr Reddy then stayed at a hotel on Market Street “with a man known to her”.
A police spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo7 News that officers are now inquiring as to whether Dr Narde had any involvement in his ex-girlfriend’s grisly murder.
They said investigators spoke with Dr Narde about Dr Reddy’s disappearance before he was killed in a “deliberate” head-on collision on the New England Highway at Willow Tree, south of Tamworth, about 10pm on Monday.
“At this stage we know they met up in Sydney, now we’re looking at all the movements between those two to establish exactly what happened,” Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said on Wednesday.
“Police did speak to [the ex-boyfriend] and at that time it was still a missing person’s inquiry.
“It’s very important for us because, right now, we are working for Preethi and we are working for Preethi’s family as well.”
Colleagues at their respective dental practices both posted tributes on social media, with Glenbrook Dental Surgery saying they were “in mourning” over Dr Reddy’s death.
Oasis Smiles Dental in Tamworth had also shared a tribute to Dr Narde but later removed it following news of the Kingsford discovery. Several of Dr Narde’s patients left tributes to the popular dentist on the Oasis Smiles Facebook page.
Oasis Smiles Dental have since removed a tribute to Dr Narde. Source: Facebook
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