Indian-origin woman researcher killed in US
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A 43-year-old Indian-origin woman researcher in the US was killed while she was out jogging in Plano, a suburb near Dallas, and police have initiated a homicide investigation, according to media reports.

According to the police, Sarmistha Sen, who was based in Plano, Texas, was randomly attacked and killed while jogging on August 1 near the Chisholm Trail Park.

Her body was found lying in the creek-area near Legacy Drive and Marchman Way by a passer-by, according to a report in the

Sen was a pharmacist and researcher who studied molecular biology and worked with cancer patients.

She originally was from Sindri in Jharkhand and moved to Plano after her marriage to Arindam Roy. She has two young sons.

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

The suspect is identified as 29-year old Bakari Moncrief and is being held on a USD 1 million bond for the burglary charge.

"We have our suspicions, but we have to have proof," Plano police spokesperson David Tilley said.

"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," he said.

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

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