Indian-origin woman researcher killed while jogging in US

Houston: A 43-year-old Indian-origin woman researcher in the US was killed while she was out jogging in Plano, a suburb near Dallas, and police have initiated a homicide investigation, according to media reports.

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According to the police, Sarmistha Sen, who was based in Plano, Texas, was randomly attacked and killed while jogging on August 1 near the Chisholm Trail Park.

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Her body was found lying in the creek-area near Legacy Drive and Marchman Way by a passer-by, according to a report in the WFAA.com.

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Sen was a pharmacist and researcher who studied molecular biology and worked with cancer patients.

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She originally was from Sindri in Jharkhand and moved to Plano after her marriage to Arindam Roy. She has two young sons.

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According to the Dallasnews.com, a person of interest in the case has been arrested on a burglary charge.

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The suspect is identified as 29-year old Bakari Moncrief and is being held on a $1 million bond for the burglary charge.

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“We have our suspicions, but we have to have proof,” Plano police spokesperson David Tilley said.

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“And that’s what they’re looking for right now is trying to obtain proof as to whether or not this individual is or is not responsible for her death,” he said.

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Police say around the same time of the murder, someone broke into a house nearby on the 3400 block of Michael Drive, fox4news.com reported.

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“This is not something we see and definitely something very, very random,” Plano police spokesperson David Tilley was quoted as saying by the WFAA.com.

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“For something like this to happen, clearly it concerns all of us. And we’re very hopeful that this is going to be an isolated incident,” he said.

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Cause of death 

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The medical examiner has not released the cause of death, and police are not saying how Sen died.

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An athlete, Sen used to run the popular Chisholm Trail nearly every morning before her children woke up, the report in the fox4news.com said.

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The incident led to an outpouring of grief and support for the family.

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Her family says she went for her regular run on Saturday morning and never came back.

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Her elder brother, Sumit Sen, a doctor, has flown in from California after hearing the news.

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He said that Sen had a go-getter spirit and was an avid runner.

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“She just immediately connected with anybody she met on a deeply personal level with a very infectious smile and energy,” Sumit, her brother, said.

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A day after the incident, strangers, neighbours and friends surrounded two trees near the park with flowers and hundreds of running shoes.

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“It touched me. It’s great when I’ve seen hundreds of shoes because you know what, people care,” Mario Major, close friend of the family, was quoted as saying by WFAA.com.

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“Why would something like this happen to someone who’s such a great human being?” Major said.

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Aneesh Chintala, who visited the memorial on Sunday to pay his respects, said, “I’m upset. I feel really bad for the family. My heart goes out to them because I know they were a nice family.”

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Her neighbours are also planning a memorial run next Saturday in her memory.

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