Pragathi, a 20-year-old college from Coimbatore, was found raped and murdered on the outskirts of Pollachi on Saturday.
Pragathi, a first- year degree student who was engaged to be married, was believed to have been abducted when she was on way her home, raped and killed.
Reports said Pragathi boarded a bus on Friday to go home and invite relatives. She called home to inform her parents. That was her last call . When she failed to reach home, parents called her and found her phone switched off. When they contacted the college hostel, they were told she had already left.
The parents then lodged a missing person complaint with the Coimbatore police who found her dead on the Pollachi-Dharapuram road, her clothes torn and neck slit . There were also other injury marks on her body.
Pragathi was identified by Gomathi, a woman who was passing by and who happened to be from her native village near Oddanchatram town in Dindigul district.
Gomathi was going to Chalakudi in Kerala when she stopped her car on seeing a crowd near where the body was found. She told the police that Pragathi was the daughter of Vellasamy, a financier.
Police are checking her phone record and questioning the last person she called.
The body has been sent to Coimbatore Government General Hospital for post-mortem examination.
The incident has further shocked Pollachi which is yet to recover from the recent scandal involving blackmail of college students after luring them into sex.