Hyderabad, Oct.28: The body of a Indian-origin sexagenarian woman, who was murdered early last week reportedly while fighting off abductors who kidnapped her 10-month-old granddaughter in the United States, was brought to her hometown in Hyderabad early on Sunday.
The 10-month-old Indian baby, Saanvi Venna, who went missing in Pennsylvania, was also found dead on Saturday, according to US authorities.
A man described by US authorities as a friend of the Venna family, is facing murder charges for the alleged killing of the baby and her grandmother in a botched kidnapping-for-ransom attempt.
The body of 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna was brought for completing the last rites in her hometown.
Authorities described the case as a bizarre abduction gone awry and revealed that 10 copies of a typed ransom note were scattered on the floor around the grandmother’s body.
According to the report, the authorities said that nicknames used in a ransom note were critical clues that helped the police crack the weeklong mystery.
The note demanded 50,000 US dollars and said the money had to be delivered at a nearby fast-food restaurant.
The note read ‘Shiva, your daughter has been kidnapped. If you report this to the cops [she] will be cut into pieces.’
The baby’s father told investigators that his middle name, Siva, is used only by close family and friends.
According to the report, the man charged with the two homicides was Raghunandan “Raghu” Yandamuri, 26, also a resident of the Marquis Apartments, where the Venna family lives. (ANI)