Cancer research scientist Sarmistha Sen, was found dead near a creek in Plano, Texas Saturday morning
The 43-year-old mother-of-two was killed while out on her daily run
The body of the avid jogger was discovered less than two hours after she went out on her regular run along the Chisholm Trail
The death is being investigated as a homicide and Plano police have named Bakari Moncrief, 29, a person of interest in her murder
Moncrief who is from out of state but visiting relatives, was arrested and charged for a burglary that also took place Saturday morning at a property close to where Sen’s body was found
Plano police Wednesday afternoon charged Moncrief with burglary but he is yet to be charged over Sen’s killing
Cancer research scientist Sarmistha Sen [left] was killed and her body dumped in a creek while out on her daily run in Plano, Texas at the weekend. Police have named burglary suspect Bakari Moncrief, [right], as a person of interest in the murder
Plano police have named a 29-year-old burglary suspect as a person of interest in the slaying of a Texas woman who was found dead Saturday morning a couple of hours after she left her home for her routine early morning jog.
Sarmistha Sen, 43, a successful cancer research scientist and mother-of-two was found murdered and her body dumped in a creek while out on her daily run in Plano, Texas at the weekend.
The body was found near a creek at Legacy Drive and Marchman Way in Plano on Saturday morning less than two hours after she went out on her regular run along the Chisholm Trail.
Sources revealed Wednesday that Plano police believe Bakari Moncrief, an out-of-state resident said to be visiting relatives in Plano, was a suspect in the slaying. Moncrief was arrested for a burglary Saturday morning at a property close to where Sen’s body was found.
Plano police spokesperson David Tilley said Wednesday afternoon that Moncrief has been charged with burglary but that he has not yet been charged over Sen’s killing.
Sen, a keen runner was killed when she went out on her regular early Saturday morning jog. A passerby discovered the body a little over about 20 feet below the trail near the creek at around 7 a.m.
Cause of death has not been released but police confirmed it is being investigated as a homicide. Police reports also state that around the same time as her murder, a home was broken into nearby on the 3400 block of Michael Drive.
Moncrief was arrested and charged with the burglary Saturday and was named a person of interest in Sen’s murder.
‘No charges have been filed on Mr. Moncrief related to the murder,’ Tilley said Wednesday.
‘He is considered a person of interest and is in the Collin County Jail on Burglary charges.’
Moncrief is being held on a $1 million bond for the burglary charge.
Sen was found dead near a creek at Legacy Drive and Marchman Way [photo], in Plano, Texas, Saturday morning. Less than two hours after she went out on her regular run along the Chisholm Trail
According to the Plano Star Courier place honed in on Moncrief because of the ‘close proximity and very close time frames’ of the two felonies which led to suspicions about the burglar’s possible involvement in Sen’s murder.
‘Due to the fact that we had this close proximity and very close time frames of two offenses occurring, this individual became a person of interest in this murder investigation,’ said Tilley.
‘Obviously, we’re wanting to collect evidence to either determine whether he is or he is not the person responsible for this.’
It is not clear if Sen and Moncrief have any prior connection but a website set up by the victim’s family said ‘she was brutally killed by a stranger for no apparent reason’.
The local Plano community has rallied around Sen’s devastated family following the brutal attack, with dozens of pairs of running shoes left in tribute to the keen jogger near the site of her death.
Neighbors have also planned a memorial run in her honor in the local area for next Saturday morning.
Sarmistha Sen, [left], is survived by her husband [right] and two sons
Sen grew up in Sindri, India, and moved to Bangalore to study before moving to Plano in 2004, according to a Caring Bridge page set up by her family.
She studied at UT Dallas and University of Birmingham, Alabama and worked on cancer research for most of her career most recently as a clinical research manager at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center.
‘She was passionate about cancer care and was a lifelong supporter of cancer research,’ the page reads.
The scientist was also an ‘avid runner’ as well as a ‘gardener and a great cook’.
‘Sarmistha lived a free and fearless life inspiring many with her infectious energy and carefree smile,’ the page reads.
She is survived by her husband Arindam Roy and two sons aged 6 and 12.
A GoFundMe page started by her husband Roy has raised over 23,000 of the goal of $50,000 in two days.
The crowd funding will go to charities that are devoted to issues that Sarmistha deeply cared about such as Cancer Awareness, Cancer research , healthy living and protection of environment, the page stated.