A team from the Mumbai Police, along with forensic experts, on Friday recovered the skeletal remains of Sheena Bora from a secluded and woody area in Pen taluka of Raigad district of Maharashtra, nearly 100 km from here.
Her passport was also recovered from Dehradun, which rules out the theory that Sheena is in the US. Sheena is the daughter of Indrani Mukerjea, second wife of TV mogul Peter Mukerjea.
Indrani, her second husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyam Rai have been arrested for killing Sheena on April 24, 2012. Sheena was in a relationship with Rahul, who stays in Dehradun with his mother Shabnam Singh–Peter’s first wife.
On Friday, Khanna, the third accused, Peter and Sheena’s brother Mikhail joined the investigation and recorded their statements in Khar police station here.
“This (Friday) morning we recovered the skeletal remains of the victim from Raigad, we have also recovered her passport from Dehradun. That negates the theory that she has gone to the US,” said Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria, who interrogated the accused.
“We have interrogated the third accused, who has confessed to the crime. The skeletal remains will be sent for DNA tests,” he added.
Following reports that there were no samples at the Central Forensic Laboratory at Kalina here, Maria rushed a team to Gagode Budruk village in Pen taluka, where they succeeded in collecting some fresh samples.
However, Dr T P Lahane, Dean of Sir J J Group of Hospitals and Grant Medical College, said they were in possession of the samples and it has now been handed over to the Khar police.
“Today (Friday) we handed over samples of bones, teeth that we received from Pen police on May 25, 2012. J J Hospital had sent its report on these samples in December 2012,” said Dr Lahane.
“We received the samples (charred bones, teeth and hair) of unknown person, which was brought by Pen police in May 2012, who had asked us to determine the age, gender, and cause of death. Experts could not ascertain these details as the tissue quantity was not sufficient,” he added.