Nivedhitha had established contact with Harish on social media and had agreed to meet him on Wednesday at Picnic Plaza hotel in R K Mutt Road in Mylapore, located close to her house. The duo checked into room 210, located on the second floor on Wednesday evening. After staying inside till late afternoon, he locked the room and left the hotel at night. The manager then noticed that no one was entering or leaving the room. On noticing Nivedhitha’s scooter parked outside the hotel, the manager got suspicious and went to check. He felt a strong stench emanating from the room and alerted the police who came and broke the door open.