A man believed to be the ex-boyfriend of murdered Sydney dentist Preethi Reddy died in a "deliberate" head-on collision a day before her body was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase.
Dr Reddy last contacted her family on Sunday morning, and police today confirmed Dr Reddy's ex-boyfriend died on Monday night in a fiery vehicle crash on the New England Highway at Willow Tree.
On Tuesday, the police found her vehicle parked in Strachan Lane in Kingsford.
Police had been searching for the western Sydney woman since her family reported her missing on Sunday. He passed away in head-on collision on the New England Highway near Willow Tree at about 10 pm on Monday.
Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate said police had questioned Narde while Reddy was still the subject of a missing person's investigation.
"At this stage we know they met up in Sydney and now we're looking at all the movements between these two", the officer was quoted as saying.
Concerned family and friends contacted police when she didn't return home on Sunday after a dentist convention in the city.
Her family didn't know if she attended the parade, where she stayed on Saturday night, where she was on Sunday morning, or what happened to her vehicle.
Young Indian-origin dentist, boyfriend found dead in Sydney
NSW detectives now believe Dr Reddy stayed at a hotel on Market St on Sunday "with a man known to her".
The Glenbrook dental surgery where Dr Reddy worked was closed on Wednesday with a sign on the door that said: "Due to tragedy concerning our beloved colleague, the surgery will be closed for the time being".
Preethi severed off her romantic relationship with Narde who, it seemed, could not handle the break-up.
Numerous patients of Reddy posted messages of condolences for her family on the surgery's Facebook page.
"We got a call on Monday asking if she had turned up to work and now we are just hoping and none of us have been able to sleep".
"On behalf of my family, I want to thank anyone who shared our appeals to find her, and those who provided information to the police and us over the last few days".
She was captured on CCTV inside McDonald's at the Strand Arcade in Sydney's CBD about 4.15am on Sunday and appeared to leave alone.
"We are still working on the timeline of events and that's why we need the public to come forward with any information they have", he said.More news: Samsung to build two more foldable phones, report says