With the second autopsy report into the death of 15-year-old British girl showing that she received over 50 bruises, the Goa police on Sunday registered a case of murder into the incident.
"We have registered the case under 302 of IPC which means we are probing her death as a murder," North Goa Superintendent of Police Bosco George told PTI on Sunday.
Scarlette Eden Keeling (15) was found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna beach on February 18. The teenage girl hailing from Davon, UK was down in Goa along with her family on a tourist visa.
Scarlette's mother, Fiona Mackown had suspected foul play in her death pointing out to the bruises on her body. The family members, who petitioned Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat earlier, had said Scarlette was "raped and murdered".
While Goa police throughout maintained that the case was that of accidental death, the second autopsy report has changed the course of investigation with police registering the death as murder.
The second autopsy conducted by a three-member panel of doctors yesterday recommended that the death be investigated as homicide (murder).
Contrary to the first autopsy report, which showed five bruises on her body, the second autopsy had 50-odd bruises, of which almost half were ante-mortem.
"In my heart I knew that she was murdered. I am pleased that at least the second autopsy confirms our doubts," Fiona had told PTI last night reacting to the report.
The family has demanded dismissal of Anjuna police sub inspector Nerlon Albuquerque.
Police, meanwhile, said they are probing in detail and will link the whole sequence leading to Scarlette's death.