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Court Records: Slain Woman in Financial Dispute

Posted January 24, 2008 12:36 p.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2008 7:15 p.m. EST

— Court records show a slain Cary woman had a dispute with her estranged husband over how their financial assets should be divided.

In a divorce complaint filed in November, Vanlata Patel, 57, requested a majority of more than $400,000 in Swiss bank accounts that she shared with Harish Patel, including $100,000 she claimed was a gift from her parents she was keeping in the account for her son from a previous marriage.

Patel was reported missing Friday when she did not board a flight to Canada. Firefighters had found her burned remains along Interstate 85 in Virginia two days earlier.

Meanwhile, investigators were back for a second day at the Cary apartment Patel once lived at with her husband.

Cary Police Capt. David Wulff said investigators searched and took into custody two vehicles the couple owned. They returned Thursday, he said, because they were not finished with what they wanted to do.

Wulff said investigators have not named any suspects or persons of interest in Patel's death, but they have not excluded anyone, either. Police ask that anyone with information about Patel's death to call 919-469-4012.

Results of an autopsy to determine the cause of Patel's death is as much as a week away, authorities said.