A Texas mom and cancer researcher was found murdered Saturday after she went for a morning jog, and cops are eyeing a suspect already in custody for a nearby burglary.
Sarmistha Sen, 43 and mother-of-two, was found dead around 7 a.m. near a creek on the Chisholm Trail in Plano, police say, according to Fox 4.
Police have classified it as a murder but did not disclose the exact manner in which she was killed.
“Sarmistha lived a free and fearless life inspiring many with her infectious energy and carefree smile,” her bio reads, posted by her family to CaringBridge.org.
At roughly the same time as the murder, police were notified about a home burglary close by. Bakari Moncrief, 29, has been taken into custody and is a suspect in the murder.
Sen and her husband married in India and moved to Texas, where she continued her education.
“She was passionate about cancer care and was a lifelong supporter of cancer research,” the bio says.
Moncrief is being held on a $1 million bond for the burglary charge. Police are working to see if he has a connection to the murder.
Plano Police Officer David Tilley has expressed that further evidence is needed before any conclusions can be drawn.
“And that’s what they’re looking for right now is trying to obtain proof as to whether or not this individual is or is not responsible for her death,” Tilley said.
Sen’s brother, Sumit, recalled his sister’s life fondly.
“She just immediately connected with anybody she met on a deeply personal level with a very infectious smile and energy,” he said of her.
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