“The girl with this phone is dead, was smiling” is the disturbing message that was sent to a 23-year-old New York City woman’s cell phone from the cell phone of her older sister, who has not been seen since Sunday.
Gurpreet Kaur called police after receiving the terrifying text message from her 26-year-old sister’s phone around 9:40 p.m. Sunday.
Kaur said just before her sister, Rajwinder, left their Hollis home in Queens on Sunday, she told them she was going a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, where she working as a volunteer.
She has not been seen since.
It’s unclear how long Rajwinder Kaur had been allegedly working at the shelter, but her family said she never told them the name of the facility.
When the family first received the text message they thought it was a joke but they quickly realized that something was wrong when Rajwinder failed to return home.
Police were able to track her phone as last being used in Brooklyn Sunday night, but they said it has since been turned off. The exact location of the signal was not immediately available.
Authorities also said none of Kaur’s credit or ATM cards have been used since her disappearance.
Early speculation had suggested that Kaur had run off with a man and the message really meant that the old Rajwinder that her family knew was no longer alive and she is now someone else.
Authorities also believe that Kaur, who obtained a masters degree in religious studies from Queens College, could have run off with a cult.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about Kaur’s whereabouts. She is described as 5-foot-3 and 130 pounds with a thin build and medium complexion.