Strangulation marks were found around Raudha Athif’s neck, who was found hanging in her dorm room, says Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shafikul.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, the Commissioner had said that ‘"strangulations marks were found around neck”.
The Maldivian fashion model, who had been getting recognition internationally, was found hanging from the ceiling fan with a scarf around her neck in her dorm room.
Dhaka Tribune reports that Raudha’s friends had, on Wednesday morning, gone to look for her after she missed breakfast, only to find her hanging from the ceiling through the window.
Noting that “she had set up a pillow on a chair on top of her bed to reach the fan”, Commissioner Shafikul said that they “are not ruling out suicide”.
While Raudha’s body has been sent to the morgue, RMP Assistant Commissioner Iftekhar Alam told the news source that they will only conduct an autopsy "after her family arrives from Maldives".
Raudha’s family is to have left for Bangladesh, with a team from Maldives Police Service (MPS), from whom they had requested assistance.
Raudha 'the Maldivian girl with aqua blue eyes' became the first and only Maldivian to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine India, in October 2016.
A photo of her in the turqouise sea, taken by photographer Mohamed "Sotti" Shifaz had gone viral over two years ago, landing her one of the top spots in the Maldivian fashion industry.
Well-wishers and supporters have been using social media to send out condolences to her family and friends, as well as express their sadness over her passing.
May Allah bless Raudha's soul. pic.twitter.com/G631WV4w3b— aminath nadira (@a_nadraa) March 29, 2017
Deeply saddened to hear the death of Raudha Athif. I am even sadder to be part of a society that is STILL stigmatising depression.— Fathimath Nayyifa (@f_nayyifa) March 29, 2017
Please don't make this about your religion and beliefs.— Aryj (@Arrryj) March 29, 2017
Her loved ones are grieving and need your support.
May you rest in peace, Raudha.
Do saddened by Raudha's death. May she rest in peace :( and let us stop judging from atop our moral high horses for goodness sake.— Afshan Latheef (@AfshanLatheef) March 29, 2017
I know everyone is curious but please refrain from sharing photos of the deceased.— Naahy (@naahyrasheed) March 29, 2017
Rest easy, Raudha.
Gosh, how awful about Raudha— Ani (@anibushry) March 29, 2017
I hope questions get answered and people do right by her in remembering her life :(