All four members of a family were found dead in their residence at the posh locality near Cliff house, the residence of Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues at Thiruvanathapuram on Sunday.
While three bodies were found in a burnt state, another was cut into pieces and kept in a bag at the multi-storeyed house.
Locals informed the police after their witnessed smoke emanating from the house during the wee hours of the day.
Preliminary investigations revealed that it was a case of murder, police said adding the bodies were about three days old. IG Manoj Abraham said of the four bodies found in the house, three were charred.
Only a scientific probe would reveal further on the matter. Police have also received information about the accusedIG Manoj Abraham
Police suspect the bodies to be of retired resident medical officer Jeen Padma, her husband Rajathankam, their daughter Caroline and a relative Lalitha. The couple’s son Kedal, said to be working in Australia and had recently come home, seems to be missing after the incident.
Police have started a manhunt for him.
Locals said the couple’s daughter, pursuing her medical studies in China, had come home on a vacation recently.