Priyanka Reddy, who had left her house in Shadnagar to attend her duties at a veterinary hospital, called her sister on Wednesday night to inform that her two-wheeler had broken down while returning home.
The charred body of a 26-year-old veterinarian was found under a culvert on Thursday, a day after she went missing, police said.
The burnt body was noticed by some passers-by who alerted police. Members of her family, who had filed a missing complaint after she did not return home by 10.20 pm on Wednesday, identified the body, police said.
Police said she had gone to the hospital and returned home on Wednesday evening. She again left around 5.50 pm to go to another clinic and parked her two-wheeler near Shamshabad toll plaza and took a shared cab.
Her younger sister in a complaint lodged with police said she got a call from her sister at 9.22 pm stating that she was still at the plaza as someone told her that her scooter had a flat tyre and offered to help her, taking the two-wheeler.
The complainant said her sister told her that after some time the person returned saying all shops were closed and he will try to get it repaired in some other place.
She also informed her sister that she was scared as there was a lorry in the vicinity and some people who had offered her help were near the vehicle, the complainant said.
The complainant said she called her again at 9.44 pm but the phone was switched off following which they approached the police. The body was found near the culvert on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway, which is around 25km from the toll plaza where she was last seen, police said.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said 10 teams have been formed to crack the case. He said police were verifying CCTV footage and suspect involvement of least two persons behind the woman's disappearance