Chennai, Nov 2: Mangled body of a 20-year-old woman was found along railway tracks near the Pattaravakkam station in Ambattur on Thursday. The woman, identified as Revathi, had gone missing three days after her marriage a 22-year-old machinist Siva Sankar. Her in-laws tried to find her after she went missing in the middle of the night. Locals later found her body on tracks.

“Siva Sankar said he and members of his family started a search for Revathi after he woke up at 4.30am on Thursday and discovered that his wife had vanished,” a police officer, as reported by Times of India, said. They lodged a complaint with the local police after a failed search.

A short while later, the Pattaravakkam station master was informed by locals that they had found the body of a woman on the railway tracks nearby. The station master immediately informed the Chennai Central railway police. Inspector Thomas Jesudasan arrived at the spot with a team and sent the body to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for the autopsy.

An officer said the preliminary inquiry suggested Revathi died when a suburban train hit her. “We are yet to determine why a newly married woman would leave her home on her own and head for a railway line in the middle of the night,” the officer was quoted as saying. “Some of the woman’s body parts were smashed and limbs were scattered along the railway tracks. It appears to have been an accident, but no one has come forward as yet as a witness,” the cop added.

A case under the CrPC Section 174 (unnatural death) has been registered. Investigators are waiting for postmortem report to determine whether the woman died in an accident or if it was a case of suicide. They didn’t rule out the possibility of foul play either.