Hema Kassipillay, the Malaysian woman who had been reported missing since the terror attacks in this city on Wednesday, has been found dead. The body of Hema, 51, who had stayed at the Taj Mahal Hotel, scene of the worst of the militant attacks, was found by a medical team in her room at 6pm (Indian time) Saturday.

The burnt and decomposed body was found in Room 637 on the 6th floor, which was burned down by the terrorists when they seized the hotel on Wednesday evening.

Hema, who was from Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, is believed to have died of smoke inhalation. A post mortem conducted at Sir Jamshedji Jeejibhai Hospital found no injuries on the body caused by gunshots.

According to a friend of her family, who spoke to Bernama on condition of anonymity, Hema’s body was identified by her husband, K. Sivakumaran, from the ornaments on her.

— BERNAMA