CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – The Thursday death of a 51-year-old mother of two has been ruled a homicide, Cary police said.
Nalini Tellaprolu was found by her family just after 3 p.m. in her home at 2107 Roland Glen Road.
“Our thoughts are with Ms. Tellaprolu’s family and friends as we work diligently to determine what happened to their loved one,” said Police Chief Tony Godwin.
A 911 call released on Saturday revealed that Tellaprolu was found by her son and a next-door neighbor in the garage of her home.
Neighbors told WNCN that Tellaprolu, who worked in IT at Duke University Health System, was a warm, kind, married, mother of two children.
Tellaprolu’s family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon for a memorial service to remember her.
“We haven’t walked into the house…we opened the garage and she was lying there,” the neighbor told the 911 operator while Tellaprolu’s son was on the phone with his dad, according to the call.
Tellaprolu was found “right outside the car,” according to the 911 caller. The caller also said that he and the victim’s son did not enter or touch anything in the garage before calling 911.
Officials blanked out parts of the call, including what sounds like the 911 caller starting to talk about the woman’s injuries. Authorities in the Raleigh suburb did not release how she died or other details about the case.
“She was a wonderful person. Very social and we were very good friends with them… We can’t believe it. It’s, this neighborhood has been very, very safe. So we really don’t know what the real cause is yet,” said Ram Ramaswai, a neighbor.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday the death was a homicide, but the cause of death was not released.
“Because we are so early in the investigation there’s very little we feel comfortable talking about at this point. You know, we want to take our time and be very meticulous,” said Cary Police Chief Tony Godwin.
But, the chief added: “If we believed that anybody else in the community was in danger we would absolutely put that information out.”
No arrests have been made in Tellaprolu’s death.
This is the third murder this year in Cary, police said.
Anyone in the Roland Glen Road area on Dec. 17 is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or file a report anonymously with Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report