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The body of Saanvi Venna, the 10-month-old girl who disappeared from the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia on Monday following the murder of her grandmother, was found at about 4:30 a.m. Friday in a sauna room inside the apartment complex, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said.
According to an affadavit filed by Upper Merion Detective Andrew Rathfon and Montgomery County Detective Paul Bradbury, the use of the Indian diminutives “shiva” and “lata” in the ransom note helped lead authorities to believe that the note’s author was someone familiar with the family.
Authorities first interviewed Yandamuri on Thursday, the day after he attended a vigil held in support of the family. He initially denied being involved in the killings but later admitted to them, the affadavit states.
According to the detectives, Yandamuri said he went to work on Monday and used his work computer to prepare the ransom note. He reportedly told the detectives that he arrived at the apartment at about 11:00 a.m. Monday, armed with a four-inch kitchen knife.
Satyavathi Venna answered the door. She initially retreated when threatened with the knife, but then “came at” Yandamuri after he picked up the baby. During the ensuing struggle, Saanvi fell from his grip and he fell on top of her. It was then that the elder Venna was wounded in the throat, Yandamuri allegedly told detectives.
When Saanvi began crying, Yandamuri allegedly said, he “stuffed” a handkerchief in her mouth to make her stop, and wrapped a bath towel around her head to hold the handkerchief in place. He then described placing her inside a suitcase he found inside the apartment before disposing of her body in the steam room of the men’s bathroom inside the apartment complex’s gymnasium.
Ransom note by Yandamuri: