Jesna’s brother went to Kancheepuram, but the unidentified body does not belong to Jesna.

Burnt body found in TN not of Kerala student Jesna but of a Chennai woman
news Missing Saturday, June 02, 2018 - 16:18

Four days after the burnt body of a woman was found from a highway in Tamil Nadu, the Kerala police say that it is not that of Jesna, the 20-year-old woman who went missing from Kerala in March. Police suspect that the body belongs to a young lactating mother. 

Speaking to TNM, Thiruvalla DYSP Chandrasekhar, who is the chief investigation officer in the case said, “We are 90% sure that the body is not Jesna. We will conduct a DNA test to confirm the same.”

A team from the Kerala police, which has been investigating the case, had arrived in Kancheepuram to verify if the body had belonged to Jesna. The 20-year-old’s family was also informed of the unidentified body.  

Jesna's elder sister Jeffy said, "That body is not Jesna's. My brother Jais and a cousin went to Kancheepuram last night and they saw the burnt body. It is not her. He sent us pictures of the body and all of us checked it. The body's face is sort of recognisable. It is not Jesna. However, the cops said as routine procedure, they have to conduct DNA test before they can confirm anything."

The Pattanamthitta Superintendent of Police, Narayanan told TNM that a family from Chennai had identified the body as one of their own. "We are almost sure is it not Jesna. However, my team is still there in case they are still needed," he told TNM.

The Chennai woman had apparently gone missing a few days ago and her bike had been recovered from the city.

The Tamil Nadu police had recovered the burnt body of a woman Chengapattu highway in Kancheepuram district on May 28.  Speaking to TNM earlier, the Kancheepuram Superintendent of Police (SP) said that the body's face was not entirely recognisable and that it has been shifted to Changalpattu Medical College Hospital. 

"The body has been burnt to such an extent that the face is not recognisable. But there are braces on the woman's teeth and this is one of the reasons why we suspect the body could be Jesna's. Nothing has been confirmed so far, but we decided to inform the Kerala police since the body had braces of the teeth and the general physique was similar to Jesna's," the SP said. 

The Kancheepuram SP, however, told TNM on Saturday that the unidentified body may be that of a woman, who went missing in Chennai. “The police investigating that case and her family members have been asked to identify the body,” said the Kancheepuram SP.

Jesna, the BCom student had gone missing on March 22, while she was on her way from her home in Pathanamthitta to her aunt's house in the neighbouring Kottayam district. Jesna's mysterious disappearance led to protests by many groups in the state, demanding a detailed probe into the case. 

Earlier in May, the investigating team had visited Bengaluru after receiving information that a woman, who resembled Jesna was spotted near Madiwala in the city. However, upon verification, the police team could not find any leads. 

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