New York state police have found the body of Sarwat Lodhi, 43, the missing woman who is involved in the horrific shooting deaths of Abbas Lodhi, 49, Zain Lodhi, 9, and Mugthba Lodhi, 13 in Pleasant Valley, New York, reports The Poughkeepsie Journal.
Police were called to a supermarket parking lot in Pleasant Valley at around 8:30 a.m. on November 21 after someone noticed an unresponsive man (Abbas Lodhi) in a car. When police arrived the discovered both Abbas Lodhi his son, Zain Lodhi, had been shot dead. State police then went to the man’s home where the found another child Mugthba Lodhi shot dead. The case is now believed to have been murder-suicide with cops believing that Abbas Lodhi killed his family before taking his own life.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. Her Body Was Found in Wappinger, New York
After a massive police search for Lodhi involving helicopters and canine units, her body was found along Route 376 in Wappinger, New York, reports News 12.
2. She’s Considered a ‘Victim’
McMorris said investigators are hopeful that Sarwat Lodhi is still alive, but she added they are not certain.
— Kevin Lenihan (@PoJoKLenihan) November 22, 2013
Police are reiterating that they do not believe Sarwat Lodhi is a suspect and is most likely a victim. Authorities told the media on November 21 that they think that Sarwat is injured in some way but did not elaborate further.
3. Her Husband’s Business Had Recently Closed Down
Her husband was the owner and pharmacist at the Hyde Park Pharmacy in Hyde Park, New York. The business had recently run into financial problems and closed. State troopers could be seen going through a dumpster at the back of the building on November 22. New York State Police Captain John Ryan told the media that the motive remains unclear.
4. Her Exact Address Has Not Been Revealed
Cops have not said exactly where the family live but there has been much activity at the exclusive Brookwood Meadows rental community in Pleasant Valley.
— Michael Howard YNN (@MHowardYNN) November 21, 2013
5. Her Son’s Classmates Are Being Offered Grief Counseling
Sarwat Lodhi’s two sons Mugthba and Zain were students in the local school district in Pleasant Valley. Mugthba was an eighth-grader at LaGrange Middle School. With Zain a fourth grader at Joseph D’Aquanni West Road Intermediate School. Lodhi’s Facebook page indicates that she lives in Goshen, New York.
The Hudson Valley Reports that grief counseling will be offered throughout the district, School Superintendent Brendan Lyons told the paper:
Situations like this can sometimes bring up feelings from past events. As a reminder, counseling staff are available at all of our schools. Parents from any Arlington school are encouraged to call their child’s school if their child needs additional support. I know that the entire Arlington community joins me in mourning the loss of these young lives.
Anyone with information on the deaths of the Lodhi family should call the New York State Police on Call the state police at 845-677-7300.
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