The grieving sister of an Australian dentist found in a suitcase has released a heartbreaking tribute.
Preethi Reddy was last seen alive in the early hours of Sunday morning, standing in line at a McDonald's in Sydney's CBD. She then went to a nearby hotel where she was staying with a man known to her.
Police issued an appeal for information about the 32-year-old's whereabouts when she failed to contact friends or family in the following days.
On Tuesday evening (local time) police made a horrific discovery: Ms Reddy's body was found stuffed into a suitcase in the boot of her own car in an eastern Sydney suburb.
She had been stabbed "numerous times".
Her former boyfriend, fellow dentist Harshwardhan Narde, had taken his own life in what police called a "deliberate" head-on collision the previous evening.
Police are now investigating whether he was involved with Ms Reddy's murder, Yahoo!7 News reports.
On Thursday the victim's sister issued a statement on behalf of the grief-stricken family.
"Words cannot capture the pain we are feeling with the passing of my beautiful big sister," Nithya Reddy said.
"Preethi was a bright light, loveable, kind, and protective of all whom were lucky enough to have been loved and cared for by her.
"Prior to this unthinkable event, she had been the happiest I'd ever seen her - she was living her best life."
The statement concluded with a request for privacy while the family mourns.