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NC Wanted: Recent autopsy sheds light on Cary woman's death

Posted March 12, 2016 11:00 p.m. EST

— Investigators have new information in a murder that Cary police have been working on for months.

On Dec. 18, 2015 around 3:30 p.m., authorities found Nalini Tellaprolu, 51, in the garage floor of her home on Roland Glen Road.

Investigators called Tellaprolu’s death a homicide and said she was killed in her own home.

Authorities released audio from the 911 call the day after her death. They caller, who was accompanied by Tellaprolu’s teenage son, said they found Tellaprolu dead in the garage of her home.

“We opened the garage and his mother is lying in the garage," he said. "Yes, like right outside the car. We haven't walked into the house; we just opened the garage and she was just lying there."

The medical examiner’s office released the autopsy on March 3, shedding light on Tellaprolu’s death.

The autopsy report states that Tellaprolu was on the garage floor with her feet in the backseat of a car. A brown, plastic grocery bag was over her head and was knotted behind her neck, the report states

Tellaprolu also had multiple bruises and scrapes on her face, chest, back and arms, and the cartilage around her neck was broken, suggesting she had been choked, according to the report.

“All I can tell you is the evidence that we received, and in cooperation with the medical examiner’s office, where the autopsy was performed, certainly led the medical professionals to deem it a homicide,” said Cary Police Chief Tony Godwin.

Neighbors told WRAL News that Tellaprolu and her family had lived in the house for five years and were always pleasant.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Tellaprolu is asked to call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-2683.