Numerous people on foot close to Philadelphia’s chief train station strolled by a car that was covered in snow, had dark tinted windows, and an abundance of parking tickets on the wind shield but finally someone called police to report the car and when they went to investigate, they discovered a dead body inside. It was of a young mother.
Nadia Malik, age 22, who had lived in the Marple Township in the southern part Pennsylvania, had been missing for over 11 days when her body was discovered lying with her face downward in the front seat. She was beneath a gym bag and a pile of clothes. She was in a gray 2007 Nissan Altima, which had been parked by the train station, although it had been moved there by towers who were clearing a main street after a snowstorm on Feb.14. Everybody is wanting to know why someone did not see the dead body inside, stated Marple Police Chief Thomas Murray.
Malik’s dead body was covered up pretty well inside the car. Unless a person had been actually staring in the car, he or she would not have realized the young woman was even there. The car’s windows were very darkly tinted. But now the investigation changed from one of who was the female to instead the question of what happened to her.
Malik had a supposedly unstable relationship with her boyfriend, Bhupinder Singh. He had allegedly taken off to go to his parents’ house near Cleveland, Ohio after visiting some family members in New York City. The couple had two young children, one of whom lived in Pennsylvania and the other stayed with Singh’s family in Cleveland, explained the police chief. They had also had a baby who passed away of unknown causes back in 2012. The case was never officially closed and now police investigators are revisiting the death due to Malik’s own way of demise.
The young mother had called both her brother and also a friend around Feb. 9 to tell them that Singh was keeping her against her will. They each filed a missing persons report, and the police began asking for help from the public. Finally they received the tip about the car and its location.
Singh, age 25, was taken in police custody due to a parole violation, after he attempted to escape out the back of his parents’ home. He was to be extradited back to Pennsylvania and his previous record showed a second offense of having a drunken driving conviction. He also had been arrested for assault, false imprisonment and also making terroristic threats.
Malik had taken a few college classes at a community college and she had applied to transfer to Temple University this semester yet she never enrolled, explained one of the college’s spokespersons. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday in order to see actually how she died. The police stated there were no obvious signs of foul play on the dead body. The police chief added again about not finding Malik sooner, if someone had been going by the car, even if they were looking very closely, all they would have seen was what seemed to be clothes inside the car. Her body was not visible unless someone was looking very hard, and in the city, not many people do that.
Yes numerous people strolled by the car but no one realized that there was a body of a young mother inside.
By Kimberly Ruble