The prime suspect in the hunt for the killer of British teenager Hannah Foster was arrested in India today, days after her parents arrived in the country to help with the search.
Trevor and Hilary Foster spoke of their delight after police announced that a man had been detained.
Residents of Kalimpong, near the border with Nepal, recognised the suspect - Maninder Pal Singh Kohli – from a photograph in a newspaper report about the Fosters’ appeal for help, said Darjeeling police chief Rajiv Mishra.
Mr Mishra said Kohli had been living under the name Dennis and had married a Nepali woman.
The Fosters, from Southampton, are currently in India with British police to make public appeals for information about the whereabouts of Kohli, who fled England two days after 17-year-old Hannah’s body was found in March last year.
A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said that if it was confirmed as Kohli, extradition procedures would be started.
Hannah’s body was discovered by the side of a country lane near Southampton on March 16, two days after she disappeared just half a mile from her home in the Portswood district of the city.
A post mortem examination found that she had been raped and strangled.