Mega search in Bengaluru after 35-year-old anthropologist goes missing

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35-year-old Atreyee Majumder, a resident of Bellandur in Bengaluru, was last seen outside Marriot International Hotel lin Bellandur, wearing a white t-shirt and blue shorts. "We asked her to fly to Bengaluru straight away", says Biplab. The hotel staff is said to have recognized her from the social media posts put up by her near and dear ones. A massive search was on for her by her family and friends through the online platform and using a google spreadsheet. According to reports, Majumdar, 2who is a PhD student has been missing since April 4, 2018, when she landed in the city from Canada on the same day. She had just returned from Toronto, where she is pursuing a post-doctoral research. For now, she is undergoing treatment in the city hospital.

"She was found this morning", a police official involved with the case said, without sharing any further details. "At 9pm, she stepped out with a purse (she wasn't carrying her mobile)", the Times of India quoted Biplab as saying.

Atreyee had gone incommunicado in Toronto and did not respond to calls made by her parents on April 3. They were relieved on April 4, when she herself contacted them and informed that she was at Delhi Airport and would be reaching Bengaluru by evening. Initial probe revealed she had checked into a hotel in Marathahalli, around 2km from her house, on April 4 night. The anthropologist was said to have moved to Marriot hotel in Bellandur April 5. CCTV footage showed she was alone. There was nobody accompanying her, the police added. The next day, she checked into a hotel on MG Road.

An Excel sheet is being circulated by her friends and family about the search operations and the locations where Atreyee has been looked for.

Atreyee is an Andrew W Mellon Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto.