Police in India have recovered the remains
of a 23-year-old married woman, and her 28-year-old alleged lover who went missing in April.
Their bodies were found hanging from a tree in a forest in Ananthagiri, Telangana’s Vikarabad district on Saturday.
The incident was reported after some herdsmen ventured into the interior areas of the forest on Friday, following lockdown relaxation granted by the administration.
The herdsmen saw the bodies and rushed to inform the villagers, who alerted the police.
Only skeletal remains of the two deceased persons was left, as their bodies have been mauled by a wild animal in the forest, according to Vikarabad Police.
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A purse and a motorcycle were found near the two bodies. Authorities were able to trace the identity of the man, named as Mahender, with the help of the registration number on the motorcycle.
His family members told the police that he went missing in April, and also took the motorcycle with him.
According to a report by Times of India, based on the information provided by the deceased man’s family, the police learnt that a 23-year-old woman, identified as Shiva Leela, from Kotpally, who worked as a daily wager, had also gone missing and a missing complaint was filed by the members of her family on April 6, 2020.
The police suspected that the deceased man and woman were in a relationship.
Leela had been married for five years, and Mahender was also married with children.
The two met each other for the first time at a construction site about two years ago.
The officials attempted to track them with the help of their mobile phones after their families informed the police about them, but they could not be traced beyond a point located about one kilometre away from Kerelly.
The investigating officials then had suspected that they might have destroyed their SIM cards to avoid being detected.
They also speculated that the two could have likely committed suicide.
Other items such as milk and biscuits were also recovered from the scene in the forest.