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Police exhume body of Australian killed in India

November 8, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — A 75-year-old Australian woman missing for two months in southern India has been found dead and three men are facing murder charges, police said Saturday.

Toni Anne Ludgate was a devotee of the Hindu guru Sathya Sai Baba and a regular visitor to his headquarters at Puttaparti in Andhra Pradesh state.

Her body was exhumed Saturday and handed over to her family, said police inspector B. Venugopal.

Ludgate was allegedly killed by a guard of the apartment building where she was living, he said. The guard and two of his friends have been arrested.

Venugopal said the men robbed Ludgate of her money and jewelry, killed her and buried her body in a remote place about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Puttaparti.

Ludgate had lived in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont and came to India in July. She had been missing since end of August.

Sai Baba, who died in April 2011, was considered a saint by his devotees. They continue to visit his ashram in large numbers.

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