A 59-year-old retired professor of a private college was murdered at her apartment on Thursday night at Thaiyyur near Thiruporur in Kancheepuram.
Police said Hepsiba had moved to Vijayashnathi Apartment and was occupying a flat on the sixth floor after the demise of her husband Jayakumar, last January. Her son Giftson, a software employee, returned home on Thursday night around 9 pm to find the front doors wide open. He rushed into the flat and found his mother lying in a pool of blood. Hearing his screams, the neighbours rushed to the house and alerted Kelambakkam police, who moved the body to the GH for postmortem. They also lifted a set of fingerprints from the scene and sent them for analysis.
A gold jewel weighing about 7 sovereigns and `5,000 cash, which was stored in the almirah were missing.
Giftson told the cops that his mother would always keep the doors locked when he was away and he seldom allowed strangers to step-into the house.
Thiruporur Inspector Thirunavukarasu, who is holding additional charge of Kelambakkam police station told Express that they were yet to identify accused in the case.
He added that the fingerprints lifted from the scene did not match with any of the suspects.
“We are following certain leads and will be able to solve the case in a day or two,” he said.
The body of the deceased was handed over to the relatives after post-mortem on Friday.