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1-25-13 Update: Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against Upper Merion’s Raghunandan Yandamuri over an alleged kidnapping that left two dead in October.
District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman filed the paperwork Tuesday morning before Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill in the murders of 10-month old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother, 61-year old Satyavathi Venna.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of a 10-month-old girl not far from where her grandmother was slain and arrested a family friend who investigators said killed them in a botched ransom kidnapping.
Saanvi Venna’s body was found around 4:30 a.m. Friday in the basement of a building in the same Upper Merion Township apartment complex where she lived. Investigators had been searching for her since Monday.
UpDate 10-25-12: THE REWARD for the safe return of baby Saanvi Venna, abducted from her King of Prussia home Monday after the murder of her grandmother, has risen to $50,000, authorities announced Thursday.
$50,000 reward for information over murder of Pennsylvania woman and missing baby
Monday Oct. 22, 2012: 10-month-old Saanvi Venna taken from apartment in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County
Grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 67, who was babysitting found dead
Saanvi is of Indian descent with black hair with brown eyes.
A neighbor has posted a $30,000 reward for information following the abduction of a ten-month-old baby girl and the murder of her grandmother.
The woman, who has not been named, is offering the money to help find Saanvi Venna, who was taken from her home in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County.
Her grandmother, 67-year-old Satyavathi Venna, who was babysitting Saanvi while her parents were out, was found dead inside the apartment
Police believe Saanvi was taken between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are working on both a homicide investigation and search and rescue mission.
Saanvi is of Indian descent with black hair with brown eyes. She was believed to be wearing a white dress with pink flowers.
An autopsy has been performed on the grandmother who was visiting her family from India and was due to return in January.The results of the autopsy have not been released.
There are also reports that Sannvi’s family were planning on moving from their home because of ‘safety concerns’. However, it is now known what the concerns were.
Investigators say they are looking for any suspects who may have harbuored ill-will toward the family.
Police searched a wooded area behind the apartment complex today, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
It has now emerged that FBI agents are involved in the investigation to find Saanvi.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said investigators are focusing on reuniting Saanvi with her parents in the two probes which are ‘intricately connected.’
Ms Ferman would not say how the grandmother was killed or whether there were any suspects in the case.
‘All of our resources are focused on finding Saanvi and reuniting her with her parents,’ Ms Ferman said.
‘The search for the child is intricately connected to the homicide investigation.’
Despite few details emerging of the family’s background – It is believed the child’s murdered grandmother was visiting from India.
According to gather.com, she had been in the U.S. since summer and was planning on heading back home in January.
On Monday night, the girl’s desperate father made an emotional appeal for his daughter’s safe return in front of news cameras.
Shiva Venna said: ‘If someone finds my baby, could you please bring my baby back? Don’t do any harm to the baby. Please, please help me in this matter.’
Detectives have said the murder and kidnapping took place between 8am and 1pm while the baby’s parents were away.
The grandmother was found murdered inside the apartment and there was no sign of the baby.
Detectives issued an Amber Alert for the youngster three hours later. It is not yet known if the murder of the grandmother was a random attack or if police have a suspect.
A dark blue Honda Accord was taken by officers from the apartment complex to the police department on Monday night.
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