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Missing Pennsylvania woman found dead in ticketed car

Nadia Malik, driver's license photo.

Nadia Malik, driver's license photo.

The body of a 22 -year old mother of two reportedly missing from Delaware County Pennsylvania, on February 9, 2014, was found Thursday in her illegally parked car near Philadelphia’s 30th st. Amtrak station, where it has been covered in snow for about 12 days. The car had been ticketed several times.

According to police, the gray 2007 Nissan Altima had been reported illegally parked seven or eight times, and had even been ticketed at least that number of times before heavy snow melted enough to see the body of Nadia Malik slumped in the passenger seat. Lt. John Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department said that inside the car, ”There is a book bag with stuff that is dumped out and placed on top of her,” which also probably served to conceal the body.

Marple Township Police Chief Thomas Murray reported that ”She was kind of covered up pretty good in the car. Unless you were really peering into the car, you wouldn’t know she was there. The car had very deep tinted windows,” Murray said. “So now the investigation goes from one of ‘Where is she?’ to ‘What happened to her?’”

On February 9 between 12 and 1 p.m., police got a photo of Malik at the wheel of her car at a traffic light on the 6400 block of Market Street in Upper Darby. Marple Detective Barry Williams reported Wednesday, that “That is the last anybody sees or hears from her.”

An examination of the tickets on Mailk’s car revealed that the first ticket was issued on February 10, the day she was reported missing, and that on that day the car was at another location. Lt. Walker explained that at that point the car was “At 23rd and Market outside the PECO building,” and that is was moved to another illegal spot as part of a snow emergency tow plan. “On the 14th of the month, the parking authority, as part of our snow detail for the emergency plan had towed the car over to where it was found today. It’s possible the body could have been in the car at that point but we won’t be able to determine that until tomorrow’s post examination by the medical examiner.”

A spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner announced Thursday that Malik’s body showed “No signs of trauma,” and that further testing is necessary to determine manner and cause of death.

Bhupinder Singh

Bhupinder Singh, mugshot

In the meanwhile investigators await the extradition of Malik’s ex-boyfriend, Bhupinder Singh, 25, who is in custody in Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland, Ohio, after being arrested there for probation violations. He was arrested by Ohio police soon after the investigation was opened in Pennsylvania on February 12, when authorities pinged Malik’s cell phone and located it at the home of Singh’s parents home in Solon, Ohio.

According to documents filed with the court, on February 9 and 10 Malik texted and called, her brother Fuad Malik, and a friend, Thomas Singh (no relation to Bhupinder Singh, saying that she was with Singh, “against her will” and was “trying to get away.”

When police arrived at Singh’s parents home he reportedly ran out that back, but was collared and found with Mailk’s phone and driver’s license in his possession.

The couple, whose relationship had been characterized in court documents as “a strained … on/off violent relationship,” has two living daughters together, and had a third child, who died  under “suspect circumstances” as an infant in 2012. The investigation in to the infant’s death was about be closed due to “insufficient evidence,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.

Singh reportedly ran when police arrived, but was collared and found with Malik’s cell phone and driver’s license in his possession. At the time he reportedly said he had “no idea” where she was. Also, he had a black eye and a scratched face, allegedly at the hands of Malik, who had moved out of the couple’s apartment and back in with her parents.

Police are treating Malik’s death as suspicious.

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