Indian-origin woman researcher in Austin murdered while jogging


A 43-year-old Indian-origin woman researcher in the US was found dead near the Chisholm Trail Park, in Plano, Austin.

According to media reports, it seems like Sarmistha Sen was murdered while she was out jogging and police have initiated a homicide investigation. And the police say that she was randomly attacked and killed.

The reported that her body was found lying in the creek-area near Legacy Drive and Marchman Way by a passer-by.

Sen, a mother of two was a pharmacist and researcher who studied molecular biology and worked with cancer patients.

According to the, a person of interest in the case has been arrested on a burglary charge.

He was identified Monday as 29-year old Bakari Abiona Moncrief, and is in custody at the Collin County jail, the report said.

Police say around the same time of the murder, someone broke into a house nearby on the 3400 block of Michael Drive, reported.

“This is not something we see and definitely something very random,” Plano police spokesperson David Tilley was quoted as saying by the

“For something like this to happen, clearly it concerns all of us. And we’re very hopeful that this is going to be an isolated incident,” he said.

An athlete, Sen used to run the popular Chisholm Trail nearly every morning before her children woke up, the report in the said.

The incident led to an outpouring of grief and support for the family.

“She just immediately connected with anybody she met on a deeply personal level with a very infectious smile and energy,” Sumit, her brother, said.

A day after the incident, strangers, neighbors and friends surrounded two trees near the park with flowers and hundreds of running shoes.

“It touched me. It’s great when I’ve seen hundreds of shoes because you know what, people care,” Mario Major, close friend of the family, was quoted as saying by

Sen’s friend Andy De on Facebook post called her an accomplished singer and music teacher in the DFW Community.



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