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Investigators Collect Evidence From Cary Woman's Apt.

Posted January 23, 2008 2:09 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2008 5:16 a.m. EST

— Crime scene investigators gathered evidence Wednesday from the apartment complex where a woman whose body was found last week used to live, Cary police said.

Yellow tape cordoned off the parking lot and the apartment building where Vanlata Patel used to live with her estranged husband, Harish Patel, at The Marquis at Silverton.

Nearly a dozen Cary police and City-County Bureau of Identification agents were seen searching a red car that Capt. David Wulff confirmed belongs to Harish Patel.

They also searched a white car that the couple owned jointly.

Wulff said they have not named any suspects or persons of interest in Patel's death, but they have not excluded anyone, either.

It was not clear whether Vanlata Patel still lived at the apartments or had moved elsewhere before she disappeared, and police would not comment on that. He family declined to talk to reporters Wednesday.

Firefighters in Mecklenburg County, Va., discovered Patel's body a week ago while fighting a brush fire along Interstate 85.

DNA evidence confirmed Tuesday that the body was Patel's. She was reported missing Friday after she did not arrive for a visit with her son in Canada.

According to Mecklenburg County authorities, Patel's body was found wrapped in a comforter 20 feet from the highway.

Electronic signs along I-85 alerted motorists on Wednesday that a body had been found and listed a number for motorists with to call with information.

Cary police investigators ask that anyone with information about Patel's death call 919-469-4012.