Kerala: Probe on woman's skeleton in drum hits a dead-end
Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent
The forensic experts recovered a Malleolar screw used in the surgery from the skeleton.
The probe to identify the body was then based on the finding.
Kochi: The investigation into the case, in which a skeleton was found sandwiched in concrete in a plastic drum at Kumbalam last month, has reached a dead end with a police team which went to Mumbai to collect details of a missing woman returning empty-handed. Earlier, the forensic test done on the skeleton remains revealed the body was that of a woman in her thirties and that she had undergone surgery on her left leg. The forensic experts recovered a Malleolar screw used in the surgery from the skeleton.
The probe to identify the body was then based on the finding. The police found that six persons, including a woman from Udayamperoor, used the special type of screw in surgery. "The screw recovered from the skeleton and used in surgeries in the six persons at the same hospital in Trippunithura bear the same batch. We traced five others. However, the woman was missing. She is believed to have gone to Mumbai over a year back," police said.
A police team was dispatched to Mumbai to collect her details. However, the personnel returned on Friday after staying there for over two weeks without any success. "Now we’re probing from other angles like whether there is any connection with recovery of another body from Nettoor, persons suddenly missing from the area over a year back when the crimes are suspected to have committed," a senior police official said.
The team searched for the missing woman based on an address where she was likely to be located but the same yielded no result. The skeleton, over a year old, was found inside a plastic drum filled with concrete on both sides on the bank of Vembanad lake at Kumbalam on January eight last.