The DNA report of the test conducted on bones recovered near the Palm Beach area has confirmed that the skeletal remains belong to Sandhya Singh, the missing sister of music composer duo Jatin-Lalit.
The DNA of the bones matched those of Sandhya' son confirming that the remains are of those of the 50-year-old woman.
"We received the report today [Thursday] which confirms that the DNA of the bones given for the test matches with the DNA of her son," Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner A.K. Sharma told The Hindu.
The forensic laboratory had given the test report to the NRI police station in Navi Mumbai on Thursday. The case has been officially transferred to Mumbai police crime branch.
Her husband Jaiprakash an Indore-based Customs and Central Excise Commissioner, said that since forensic reports confirmed the identity of the remains, the family will now ask for the return of her bones and skull.
"We will perform the last rites on Sunday," Jaiprakash told DNA. He also said that the family is convinced that the Mumbai crime branch unit will handle the case now.
Earlier this month, there were reports suggesting that an assistant inspector at NRI Seawoods police station was in touch with Sandhya and had also spoken to her before she went missing, Indian Express reported. Following the reports, the family had sought the transfer of the case to the Chembur unit of the police crime branch.
"We have hopes of better result from Mumbai crime branch. Navi Mumbai police gave us nothing but disappointment. Now, we also do not have to worry about police shielding one of their own," Jatin told Indian Express.
Sandhya, sister of yesteryear Bollywood actresses Sulakshana Pandit and Vijeta Pandit and music directors Jatin-Lalit, went missing since 13 December, 2012 from her residence at Nerul, Navi Mumbai.
Her skeletal remains were discovered by a British bird watcher and geologist, Michael John Oates, in the last week of January.