UPDATE: Saanvi Venna, Missing 10-Month-Old Found Dead, Suspect Charged!
- Updated: October 26, 2012
The suspect, Ragunandan Yandamuri, faces charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, theft and abuse of a corpse, prosecutors said. The baby’s body was found at 4:30 a.m. hidden inside of a sauna in a bathroom in the basement gymnasium of one of the other buildings at the Marquis Apartments, authorities said.
Ferman told reporters Friday, “What we have learned during the course of this investigation, and we only learned much of this over the past 24 hours, is that this individual had planned to kidnap Saanvi Venna, and he was going to hold her for ransom.”
“Over the past few days, we had been very hopeful that Saanvi was still alive, and we were taking every step we could, making every effort we could to try to locate her,” Ferman said. “Tragically, we’ve learned over the course of the last few hours that that was not the case. We learned from the defendant that he went to the home, he made an effort to kidnap the child, during the course of that event he took the life of her grandmother. He then left the apartment building with the child suffocated with a handkerchief and stuffed into a suitcase.”
The D.A. said10 identical copies of a ransom note asking for $50,000 were found at the murder scene.
Today, Police discovered the body of a 10-month-old baby that was abducted from an Upper Merion apartment Monday, according to NBC 10 Sources. According to the sources, 10-month-old Saanvi Venna was found dead in the family’s apartment complex, on the 200 block of West Dekalb Pike.
There is also a confirmation that they do have a suspect in custody. Saani was abducted Monday from the family’s home in the Marquis while in the care of her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61. The elder Venna was found murdered inside the apartment.
The discovery of baby Saanvi’s body comes the day after the reward for information leading to her safe return was increased from $30,000 to $50,000.Police have not released the identity of the person of interest.
What is this world coming to!