Kottayam: Shaken by the disappearance of an elderly couple and the suicide of their younger son, the Puthukkad family greeted their newest member on Thursday. Bensy gave birth to a girl in a hospital in Manganam. She was not told that her husband Tinsy Itty Abraham was found dead in his bedroom.
The young man hanged himself in his house in Manganam after his parents mysteriously vanished earlier this week. P C Abraham (69) and Thankamma (65) have been missing since Monday morning. Their scooter was found unclaimed from the parking lot near the Kottayam railway station. Strangely enough, the couple have left their mobile phones behind at home.
The police have identified all the passengers who had bought journey tickets from the station that morning in groups of two. The couple have not bought a ticket together. They did not have a reservation either.
The couple have not contacted any family members even after the news of their son’s death. They had been living with him.
Bensy was told that her husband had gone looking for his parents. He had visited her in the hospital earlier on Thursday. Bensy tried to call him several times after that but he would not take the call. A worried Bensy got Tinsy’s brother to look up. He found his brother hanging.
Tinsy’s body is kept in the hospital mortuary. The funeral has not been planned yet. The relatives expect his parents to return to have a last look at their son.
The police have been checking all the lodges and old-age homes in north Kerala. Abraham retired as an assistant executive engineer with the Kerala State Electricity Board at Balussery near Kozhikode. The police initially suspected that he had gone to Kozhikode to submit a “life certificate” to continue receiving pension.
They have also examined the hospital records at the hospital in Kochi where Thankamma had sought treatment earlier.