MANGALORE: Eighteen young women aged 22-35-years were the victims of teacher turned serial killer Mohan Kumar. His area of operation spanned the bus stations across Mysore, Madikeri, Hassan, Bangalore, and the Kollur temple. His modus operandi was to prey on young unmarried women luring them with a promise to marry them, have sex with them, and kill them by making them take cyanide as an anti-pregnancy measure.
When police started investigating the case of Anitha (22) of Barimaru in Bantwal who went missing on June 17, they got more than they bargained for. The special team investigating the case tracked the mobile phone of Anitha. A study of the calls from Anitha's phone revealed they were made to another girl, who was also reported missing and were able to track a person who was using the cell phone of a particular missing girl.