Mechanic Suspect in Doc Murder

CCTV footage shows man entering psychiatrist Emma Gonsalvez’s house with one bag and leaving with two

Published: 16th June 2014 07:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2014 07:25 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The city police on Sunday said that they were closing in on the person who murdered Dr Emma Gonzalez, a psychotherapist, who lived alone in a posh apartment on Dr PV Cheriyan Crescent Road at Egmore.

Police sources said the CCTV recordings in the apartment complex were clear and their suspicion has fallen on a TV mechanic who visited Emma’s apartment between 5.30 pm and 6.10 pm on Friday. The senior citizen was found dead on the same night by one of her relatives.

“The mechanic had come with a single bag, probably containing his tools. But was seen carrying two bags. One of her neighbours had seen him in the flat and Emma had told him that he had come from a particular company. The CCTV images have also helped us in ascertaining the identity of the mechanic,” said a police officer.

Police said the team investigating into the case had almost traced the suspect. The missing valuables from Emma’s apartments included laptops and her  diamond-studded ornaments.

Emma was a spinster and was residing alone in the apartment. Initially, the family members were unsuspecting and assumed she died of old age.

But only on Saturday morning when a few other relatives came to house, they grew suspicious as Emma had suffered bleeding before death. After the police was informed, an autopsy was conducted which revealed that she was strangulated to death.

The family members have told police that Emma was planning to write her will on Monday to divide the several crores worth of properties owned by her among her heirs.


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