The half-burnt body of a girl was found near the Sivagiri GH on Monday.
According to sources, the body of the girl, later identified as Nandhini (19), daughter of a farmer Nallasivam of Kottaikattur, near Sivagiri, was found on the land belonging to the Velayuthasamy Temple, located between a lathe factory and an automobile service station, on the GH Road at Chinniampalayam in Sivagiri.
Nallasivam, who filed a missing complaint, later identified the body as that of his daughter, a II-year BE (CSE) student at a private engineering college in Coimbatore. The girl had come home for the Pongal vacation. Her father had accompanied her to the bus stop on Sunday. However, her body was found at the spot under mysterious circumstances, police sources said.
Earlier, Sivagiri police inspector Shanmugam visited the spot.
Superintendent of Police R Ponni and DSP C Periyaiah conducted an inquiry with the assistance of fingerprint experts and a sniffer dog.
As no injuries were found on the body, it was suspected that the girl could have been murdered elsewhere and the body dumped on the temple land.
A partly-burnt cellphone was also found near her body. The SIM card, which was intact, had helped police in the investigation.
The police also ruled out rape as the clothes were intact.
Police said the body would be sent for autopsy to the Coimbatore GH and only after getting the report, they would be able to come to a conclusion. The spot where the body was found is a main area with schools, banks, shops and a rice mill in the vicinity.
The area will be busy on normal days. Since Sunday was a holiday, movement of people would be less on the road, which would have helped the culprits dump the body there, police said.