The body of a woman - believed to be that of missing dentist Preethi Reddy - has been found inside a suitcase in a parked car in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
The gruesome discovery was made by officers on Strachan Lane in Kingsford about 9.30pm on Tuesday night, hours after police issued a public appeal to find the 32-year-old from Penrith.
Dr Reddy was reported missing on Sunday night after she failed to return home following a dental convention at St Leonards over the weekend.
She was captured on CCTV inside McDonald's at the Strand Arcade in Sydney's CBD about 2.15am on Sunday and appeared to leave alone.
She last spoke with her family about 11am later that morning, saying she planned to head home after having a late breakfast, police said.
A Facebook page was set up soon after, calling for people to "help find Preethi Reddy".
"It is highly out of character for Preethi to not contact family and loved ones," one post said.
It's believed Dr Reddy worked at Glenbrook Dental Surgery, in the lower Blue Mountains.
"Glenbrook Dental Surgery staff are in mourning to hear the sad news about Preethi Reddy," her colleagues posted on Wednesday morning.
Investigators have already removed the car from the scene in Kingsford and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
"Inquiries by officers from Sydney City Police Area Command are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the woman's death," police said in a statement.
A local resident said the area "used to be safe".
"So I'm just a bit concerned now," she told Seven News.
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