Indian techie Arpana was strangulated in her apartment

November 5th, 2008 - 9:27 am ICT by IANS  

New York, Nov 5 (IANS) Indian software professional Arpana Jinaga, working with the EMC Corporation in Seattle, was “strangulated to death” in her apartment in the wee hours of Nov 1, the autopsy has revealed.Redmond Police Tuesday registered a case of homicide and has launched a massive manhunt to nab the assailant. Redmond is a suburb of Seattle where Arpana, 24, a native of Hyderabad, lived alone in an apartment.

James Sosik, the investigator at the King County Medical Examination Office, who conducted the autopsy, told IANS that Arpana was strangulated to death in her apartment at about 3-30 a.m. on November 1.

Preliminary investigations corroborate autopsy report. City police spokesperson Jim Bove said front door of Arpana’s apartment on Redmond Woodinville was forced open shattering the door jam.

“There is indication of a physical struggle by the victim,” Bove told IANS. The police Tuesday questioned a number of friends and work colleagues of Arpana along with those living in her apartment complex.

In the autopsy report, the cause of her death is listed as asphyxia due to ligature strangulation and the manner of death is homicide. How the injured occurred is listed as assaulted / strangled by other, it said.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation and it will likely be several days before we have more extensive information.” Bove said.

Arpana’s body was found by Redmond police in her apartment Monday morning, after it received an emergency call from one of her friends. The friend, whose name has not been disclosed, went to check on her following a frantic call from her father B. C. Jinaga.

Jinaga, a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, had not received a call from Arpana for past few days. Anxious to know the where about of his daughter, Jinga had sought help of one of Arpana’s friends.

“The friend found her dead, who immediately called the police,” the spokesperson said. Arpana’s murder is the fifth such incident of murder this year of students from Andhra Pradesh living in the US.

A brilliant student, Arpana was one among the top 20 winners in Digital Signal Controller Design Contest.

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