A Cary woman whose December death was ruled a homicide died after she was strangled, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.
The autopsy for Nalini Tellaprolu was released more than two months after her body was found by her teenage son and a neighbor. On Dec. 17, she was found strangled and with a plastic bag over her head, according to the report. Her feet were in the back seat of a car, said the report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Since she was found in her west Cary home on Roland Glen Road, the cause of death had not been released. No suspects have been named, and no arrests have been made.
Cary Police Capt. Randall Rhyne, head of investigations, would not say Thursday whether any suspects have been identified.
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“We do not have anything new at this time,” he said Thursday. “Our investigation is progressing, but it is an active investigation.”
According to the report made Dec. 18, Tellaprolu’s body was covered with multiple bruises and scratches on her face, neck, torso and arms. There were minor blunt force injuries, and the cartilage in her neck was fractured, according to the report.
The uncertainty surrounding the case prompted the Cary and Morrisville Police Departments, as well as local elected officials, to meet with members of the Indian community Dec. 22, at the Hindu Society of North Carolina’s main hall in Morrisville. They wanted to let residents know they didn’t believe the Indian community was being targeted.
“We have said before that we do not think the community needs to be alarmed or is in danger at this time,” Rhyne said Thursday.
Tellaprolu moved to Cary from Detroit in 2008 with her husband, Mahesh, and two children: her daughter, Avani, and son, Arnav, a Green Hope High School student.
Friends said Tellaprolu loved to cook and described her as always willing to lend a helping hand. She worked at Duke University Health System as a testing coordinator and QA team lead and also served on the board of directors for the Triangle Area Telugu Association, a nonprofit that seeks to promote southeastern Indian culture.
In January, family friend Vijay Javvadi of Cary recalled the last time he saw Tellaprolu. He remembered she was dancing at a festival attended by close friends.
“She was lively, very enthusiastic,” he told The Cary News. “She was out there dancing with the rest of us. Very jovial, fun-loving character.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon