Mumbai: A liquid-like substance has been found on the body of Esther Anuhya that either caused decomposition, burning or both, according to police officers investigating the murder.
The rape angle, however, remains to be medically ascertained, as any physical indications on the private parts may not be fresh as the body has been discovered after a long time. Police is relying upon forensic tests to determine the same.
Esther, a TCS call centre employee in Goregaon, was found 11 days after she went missing after alighting at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus around 4:30 am on January 5. She had returned from Christmas vacation from AP where she was visiting her parents in Machilipatnam. Her body was found by her relatives in the saltpans near the Thane-bound lane of the Eastern Express Highway around 5:30 pm near Kanjur Marg.
According to an officer, a liquid-like substance is visible all over her de-composed body, which, they suspect, may have caused burns or expedited the decomposition.
Her face was mostly decomposed along with chunks of flesh missing from the torso, hands, legs and back.
“Her underpants along with a stole were also found a few steps away from the body. However, it had not yet attracted ma-ggots or worms,” the officer said. The cause of death in the post mortem too has been withheld, police sources said.
The body was handed over to the family on Friday after swabs from the private parts and other samples were sent to the forensic laboratory in Kalina....