The body of a 57-year-old woman was found dead in a field in Palghar on Wednesday.
According to the police, they suspect the woman was strangulated with a veil.
"Padma Bahadursingh Bik of Makne village stepped out on Monday and did not return. Despite a frantic search, her family could not trace her that day," said the public relations officer of Palghar district rural police.
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Her body was found in a field opposite a temple the next day.
"A veil was recovered from there suggesting that she had been strangulated," he said.
The police, have registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence).
"The body has been sent for a post-mortem," the official said.
(with inputs from PTI)