Goa Police sent teams to neighbouring states to follow up on leads into the murder of perfumer Monika Ghurde, who was found naked and bound at her home in Sangolda village on October 6.
“We will be able to crack this case soon. We are working on different theories. Yesterday, we have sent teams to different locations including neighbouring states,” deputy inspector general of police, Vimal Gupta said on Saturday.
Police suspect the 39-year-old was raped and murdered somewhere between October 5 afternoon and night, as she had not been in touch with anyone since then.
The cops ruled out robbery as nothing was missing from the flat, raising suspicions that the killer might have been someone Ghurde knew.
Hailing from Nagpur, Ghurde was married to photographer Bharat Ramamrutam from Tamil Nadu and was residing at Porvorim before the couple separated; she then shifted to Sangolda this year.
“Police investigations have revealed that she had shifted to Sangolda in July this year and was staying alone,” the Gupta said.
Police are waiting for the postmortem report to determine the cause of death.
The murder was discovered by the domestic help at around 9am when Ghurde failed to opened the door for her. The maid contacted Ghurde’s brother based in Mumbai, who in turn called up her husband, who then called up Ghurde’s neighbour, an American woman who had spare keys to the house, police said.
A case of murder was registered under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
A regular on Goa’s social circuit, Ghurde met Ramamrutham in Mumbai while pursuing photography. Subsequently, she moved to Chennai in 2009 where switched to perfumery and set up Mo Lab. In 2011, she then shifted to Goa.
A keen practitioner of the trade, Ghurde would travel often across the world to attend olfactory workshops and also conduct her own. She was obsessed with the scent of jasmine, and was even studying the effects of smells on the human consciousness.