SIUE student, relative found dead in St. Louis County park
St. Louis County Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a 22-year-old student at Southern Illinois University and her 27-year-old relative.
Both of the deceased, whose bodies were found in a St. Louis County park, resided in Maryville.
The body of Soumya Tummala was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday in a car at Sunfish and North Lakes Park. The body of her relative, Vikram Kumar Tummala, surfaced about 11:45 a.m. Monday at a lake in the park. He also had been shot.
"Based on the investigation thus far, detectives from the St. Louis County Police Department have narrowed the scope of the investigation to the discovery of these two individuals and believe that this incident involves them alone," said St. Louis County Police Officer Rick Eckhard. "The investigation still continues as we work with the medical examiner's office and interview family and friends of the victims."
It was not immediately clear how the Tummalas are related.
The park is near Spanish Lake in north St. Louis County.
"We believe that it occurred sometime Friday night, going into Saturday morning," said St. Louis County Police officer Rick Eckhard.
The vehicle, parked near a boat ramp, is registered to Vikram Tummala. Soumya Tummala was in the passenger side of the 1995 Ford Taurus.
Eckhard said it's not clear why the Tummalas would have been at the park.
Police went to the park Saturday morning after receiving a call from joggers who reported seeing a woman slumped in a car.
Soumya Tummala was a graduate student in electrical engineering at SIUE.
Eckhard said most relatives of the Tummalas, who are of Indian descent, do not reside in the area. A relative that lives outside this area, who has come in and identified (Soumya Tummala) and was able to assist in making family notification.