When questioned, Manric, told the police that he had dropped Cecile at the Krishnankovil bus stand, from where she would usually take a bus to Madurai and then to Thrissur.
In a mysterious twist to the case, the Madurai Police recently found a partially burnt body of a woman dumped in a suitcase on the outskirts of the city. Forensic analysis and a skull superimposition test are being conducted to conclusively ascertain if it matches Cecile's description.
Inspector General Of Police, South Zone, Rajesh Das told NDTV that interrogation has revealed that Manric has confessed that he "hit" his girlfriend with "no intention to kill" following "a fight over custody of the child". The police say he burnt the body in a bid to wipe out evidence.
Cecile's relative Christine spoke to NDTV from Mexico and expressed "shock" over the killing. The police has asked the relatives to come down to take over the custody of the child.
"They fought over the child and sadly both don't get her now. And the little girl too has no one," added Das.