Shillong: While social media was flooded with shared posts of a missing woman in Shillong, the 40-year-old woman was eventually found locked inside Meghalaya Rural Bank in Bisnupur area of the state capital on Monday morning.
The woman — identified as Isabella Marboh — had gone missing from her residence in New Kench’s Trace in Bisnupur around 9 am on June 25.
East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police (SP) Sylvester Nongtnger told EastMojo that a case has been registered in this regard.
When asked if this was a planned robbery, Nongtnger said investigation is on and they haven’t come to any conclusions as yet.
According to a reliable source, money was not missing from the bank; however, an attempt was made to break into the strong room.
“She made an attempt to break the lock. In the CCTV footage, you can see her with some equipment (hammer and handsaw) and a bag. We noticed this after the police left. When we tried to open the gates of the strong room, we couldn’t and had to call a carpenter. We then found the equipment,” the source informed EastMojo.
The source added that four CCTV cameras were found damaged, leaving the employees quite surprised that she knew where all those were placed.
The source said it looks like it was planned since she had the equipment and some food with her when she entered the bank.
The woman did not make any attempts to reach out for help and remained locked inside the bank since Friday. The bank was closed during the weekend (fourth Saturday and Sunday).
Marboh had visited the bank on Friday to deposit money. “If she wanted help and would have shouted, people living nearby would have heard her, but she did not. When the branch manager found her on Monday, she (Marboh) was in a state of shock and didn’t make any attempt to flee,” said the source.
The branch manager opened the gates of the bank around 9 am on Monday and found her inside. The official immediately closed the gates thinking that she might run away.
According to residents of the locality, the PA system (located near the bank) was functional and announcements were made since Friday about the missing woman.