Pathanamthitta: Missing college girl Jesna Maria James talked to her male friend for 10 minutes on her mobile phone the day she went missing (March 22) from Vechoochira in Pathanamthitta district. This was revealed by the state police cyber cell and the police are seeking more details on this.
The young man became the focus of suspicion after the police and some relatives linked him to the disappearance of the college student. However, he had dismissed the allegations and claimed the police were harassing him. A day after she went missing, the youth had told the police about her message stating that she was planning to die. "Jesna had sent such messages even earlier. I had informed her brother immediately, but he told me to ignore," he had said.
Police in Bengaluru
A police team that reached Bengaluru as part of the search for Jesna after information that she was sighted at the airport is checking lists of passengers who flew out to foreign destinations as well as Hyderabad within a week of her disappearance.
The police could not check CCTV visuals and emigration data at the airport as they had not taken permission. The state police chief has to initiate proceedings to obtain such permission. The search team which arrived in Bengaluru is led by Vechoochira sub-inspector Dinesh Kumar.
A native of Kanjirapally, where Jesna was studying, had told the police that he saw her at the airport with someone on May 5. The police checked with some Malayalis working at the airport, but nobody reported seeing her.
Jesna, a second year BCom student from Pathanamthitta, went missing on March 22 after she took a bus to her aunt's house in Kottayam.
The police have been to many places both within and outside Kerala after reported sightings, but all those efforts were futile.
Jesna's disappearance led to protests by many groups in the state, demanding a detailed probe into the case and an SIT has been formed to expedite the probe.
The Kerala police had earlier received information that the missing college student was spotted with another girl by a few visitors to the Kottakunnu Tourism Park at Malappuram on May 3. However, there were no further leads. There were also reports of Jesna being spotted in Chennai, but a probe in the Tamil Nadu capital too did not yield any results.
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