Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Upper Merion Township Police Chief Thomas Nolan, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Philadelphia Division, Special Agent in Charge George Venizelos, announce the arrest of Raghunandan Yandamuri for the murders of both 10 month old Saanvi Venna and her 61 year old grandmother, Satyavathi Venna at the Marquis Apartments, 251 West DeKalb Pike in Upper Merion Township on Monday, October 22, 2012.
On Monday, October 22, 2012, at 1:16 PM, the Upper Merion Township Police Department responded to apartment C-603 for a reported homicide and child abduction. Investigators identified the missing child as Saanvi Venna, Asian Indian female, age 10 months. The body of Satyavathi Venna, age 61 was discovered inside the apartment. Venna is the paternal grandmother of Saanvi Venna and was babysitting the child The Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert at the request of the Upper Merion Township Police. Over the last five days, local, state, federal authorities scoured the region in search of Saanvi Venna. In the early morning hours of Friday October 26, 2012, the defendant directed authorities to Saanvi’s body.