Atreyee Majumdar, the 35-year-old anthropologist who went missing from Bengaluru on April 4, has now been found.
She is reportedly staying at a hotel in the city. The hotel staff informed the police that Atreyee was there. They recognised her from all the pictures of her that were being shared by her friends and family on social media.
She went missing just after she came back from Toronto. She was missing for five days. Her family and friends put out a number of pleas for help on social media, and a massive search operation was launched.
Atreyee is currently pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in Toronto.
Marthahalli police officials, who were investigating the disappearance of Atreyee, confirmed that she stayed at Novotel hotel in Marthahalli on the night of her disappearance and then at Marriot hotel in Bellanduru on April 5.
On April 4, Atreyee's parents Biplab Majumder and Paramati Majumder were relieved to bring their daughter back to their home in Bellandur.
Atreyee had gone incommunicado in Toronto and did not respond to calls made by her parents on April 3. But after a day, she informed her parents that she had landed in New Delhi. "We asked her to fly to Bengaluru straight away," says Biplab.
She reached Bengaluru on April 4 and a relieved Biplab received her at the airport and drove her home at 4:30 pm. "She went straight into her room and slept," says Biplab.
He added that few hours later at around 9 pm, she stepped out of her house with her purse in hand and she has not been since.
Sadiq Pasha, inspector at Marthahalli police station said that the police had distributed pamphlets, informed hospitals, PGs and hotels to keep a lookout for her.
Atreyee is an alumnus of National Law School in Bengaluru and has also studied at Yale University. She was in Toronto pursuing a post-doctoral research with a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.