Udupi, Sep 06, 2014: The police have recovered the body of Pradeep (26), who fled with minor girl Bhagyashree in the early hours on Wednesday, from the seashore at Mattu in Udyavar near Udupi on Friday, Sep 5.
While the girl’s body was found from the banks of the Shambhavi river on Thursday, after the couple had gone missing from Palimar village on September 3.
The girl’s relatives filed a case of kidnapping on the same day. Even as the police launched a search for the girl, they found the body on the banks of the Shambhavi at Hejmady village at around 4 p.m. on September 4. Pradeep’s body was found washed away on the seashore at Mattu village.
While the girl was studying in Udupi, Pradeep worked as a painter. Before leaving house, Pradeep had written to his mother that he was in love and that he was “committing a mistake by leaving house”.
Mr. Naik said that post-mortem revealed that the girl drowned. The police suspected that the girl and Pradeep were in love and that they might have ended their lives. “It is a case of suicide,” he said.
A case has been registered in the Padubidri police station. Investigation is on, the police said.