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Chicago engineer, visiting Niagara Falls, goes missing


An NRI software engineer from Guntur, P Sarath Kumar, from Chicago, went missing since Sunday after his visit to the Niagara Falls.

The 33-year-old went to the Niagara Falls along with his wife and the family of his cousin Srinivas.

After it was noticed that he was not on the tourist bus in which they were travelling back, the family searched for him but couldn’t locate him. Sarath’s wife Manjula later lodged a complaint with the police.

Sarath had been working with software giant TCS for the past seven years and was residing in Chicago.

While his wife Manjula was working with Motorola, Sarath was with TCS. It is reported that Manjula divorced her first husband and married Sarath about two years ago. Upon information about Sarath going missing in the US, his father Pothuraju Krishna Murthy, a retired employee of the commercial taxes department, went to the urban SP’s office here on Wednesday.

As SP Ravikrishna was away, Krishna Murthy met other officials in the SP’s office and sought their assistance. According to him, Sarath had gone to Niagara Falls along with his cousin’s family on Sunday.

He said that his brother’s son Srinivas was sent to the US on an assignment by a Bangalore-based software firm. “My son along with his wife went to Washington DC and took Srinivas and other family members to Niagara Falls,” Murthy told journalists. He said they had all taken a tourist bus to return home from the Niagara Falls on Sunday evening.

However, after a while, Manjula and Srinivas noticed that Sarath had not boarded the bus. They then got down and took another cab to reach the waterfalls and started searching for Sarath. However, they could not track him, said Krishna Murthy.

The police has launched investigations into the mysterious disappearance using the CCTV camera footage available at the Holy Memorial Park in Washington. Sarath Kumar went missing from this park.

The police is also checking his call records to find out from whom he had received phone calls before he went missing. The TCS legal department at Chicago is also mounting pressure on the Washington police to speed up investigations in the case.

Sarath Kumar’s father P. Venkata Krishna Murthy said that he had received a phone call from his relatives in the US to this effect. He also said that Washington police had made it clear that no untoward incident had taken place near the White House. He said his relatives in the US and TANA representatives are also trying to trace Sarath Kumar. Although the US police has started investigations they have not been able to make any breakthrough so far.


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