Missing lady doctor traced to pilgrims rest

By Norman Palihawadana

 The police were able to trace missing medical specialist, Dr. Erandi Kulasinghe to a pilgrims’ rest, near the Sri Maha Bodhiya in Anuradhapura, on Sunday night, after a three day search.

Two special teams from the Matara and Galle police worked tirelessly to trace the missing doctor along with the Anuradhapura police and finally they were successful in their endeavour by following telecommunication signals after her husband had sent an SMS to her.

A senior police officer told The Island that they obtained a statement from her and it would not be necessary to obtain further statements. She had told the police that she had visited Anuradhapura and stayed at the pilgrims’ rest for two days in order to perform a Bodhi-pooja to invoke blessings on her ailing father. "I perform this ritual every year in Anuradhapura," she had said.

She had told the police that she was depressed.

The lady doctor had gone missing after she left the Matara hospital on Friday in her car, allegedly to visit her husband at their home in Hikkaduwa, but she never reached her destination.

The last time her husband had called her was around 6.55 p.m. on Friday and she had told him that she was close to the cement factory in Galle and there was traffic congestion. But, when he tried to contact her again she had switched off her mobile phone.

When she had not reached home even after 10.00 p.m., her husband had lodged a complaint with the Galle police.

Her husband, Dr Ruwan Dayananda, is a medical officer attached to the Army and stationed at the Army Cantonment in Panagoda.

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