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Concern grows for baby abducted after grandmother's homicide in Montgomery Co.

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 22 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 24 2012 04:47:20 AM CDT

Investigators still searching for missing baby

UPPER MERION TWP., Pa. -

It's been more than 24 hours, and still no sign of a 10 month-old infant who disappeared after her grandmother was murdered.  Authorities in Montgomery Co. are being tight-lipped about the investigation.

For the family of little Saanvi Venna, it's a mystery that grows more painful by the hour.

"If someone finds my baby, can you please bring my baby back, don't do any harm to my baby," said the girl's father, Siva Venna.

Billboards across the state are flashing Amber Alert messages for Venna.  She has been missing since Monday afternoon, when police found her grandmother, Satyavathi Venna, murdered inside the girl's high-rise unit at Marquis Apartments near the King of Prussia Mall.  Police said the grandmother was visiting from India, and was babysitting the girl at the time.

An autopsy Tuesday confirmed the grandmother's cause of death as homicide, but neither the coroner nor the district attrorney would say exactly how she was killed.

Meantime, FBI agents were out at the Marquis Apartments Tuesday morning, passing out flyers to residents.  Investigators also gathered bags of evidence at the murder scene, and even drained the complex's swimming pool, but are releasing very few details about their investigation.

Across the street, grocery shoppers had mixed feelings about whether they feel unsafe.  Sophia Zurita said she feels nervous.

"Yeah, who wouldn't?", she said.  "Somebody's murdered, and they kidnap a baby, who wouldn't be?"

But Zack Hodges felt it was targeted attack.

"I felt that it was domestic, something was going on," he said.  "It didn't make sense because it was too big of a place if it was to be a robbery.  I didn't hear anything about a robbery or anything like that."

The girl's parents, both software engineers, just moved to the area in June, but one neighbor said he now wants to leave.

"I am living there for the last two years, three months," said Vasu Velaga.  "This month, I'm thinking of moving from here."

Venna's uncle said Tuesday that the family can't understand why anyone would target little Saanvi and her grandmother.

"No, absolutely," said Ram Venna.  "We don't have any idea and we don't suspicion on anyone."

District Attorney Ferman saiod she did not expect to release further updates about the case Tuesday night.