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Point Cook woman Chaithana Madhagani remembered as ’empathetic’ person

Colleagues of Point Cook woman Chaithanya Madhagani have remembered her as an “intelligent, competent and dedicated professional”, days after her body was discovered in a bin in regional Victoria.

Janine Curll, regulatory manager of Ashbury, told the ABC Ms Madhagani was an outstanding food safety compliance regulatory expert who had worked for the company for three years.

A woman smiling at the camera while painting.

Ms Madhagani has been remembered as an “exceptional” colleague.(Supplied: Ashbury Global)

She said Ms Madhagani, who was professionally known as Tanya, was an integral and exceptional part of the team.

“Tanya was a charismatic, confident, warm and empathetic woman,” Dr Curll told the ABC.

“She lit up the room and impacted everyone with her positivity and generous outlook on life.”

Dr Curll said staff were “deeply traumatized and devastated” by the loss of Ms Madhagani.

“All we can do now is hope for swift justice for our exceptional colleague.”

The news of Ms Madhagani’s death also sent shockwaves through her communities in Melbourne’s west and in India.

A woman in traditional Indian clothes looks at the camera

Ms Madhagani’s body was found inside a bin beside a dirt road in regional Victoria.(Facebook)

On Sunday Praveen Kumar Thopucherla, executive chairperson of the Melbourne Telanganga Forum, told the ABC Ms Madhagani was very active in the community.

“We are not able to digest this. It is too far to think or even imagine,” he said.

He said he was born in India, before arriving in Australia as a student and becoming a citizen.

Police continue investigation into suspicious death

Ms Madhagani’s body was found in a bin about midday on Saturday at Mount Pollock Road in Buckley, west of Geelong.

Police car on dirt road and hint of bin and cloth to side of road.

Homicide squad detectives are investigating the death. (ABC News)

Investigators are treating her death as suspicious and have set up a crime scene at the site where her body was located.

A second crime scene was established at Ms Madhagani’s home at Mirka Way in Point Cook, where she lived with her husband and son.

On Sunday, a bunch of flowers were laid outside her home while the police removed a car from the garage, which was then taken away on a tow truck.

Police believe the parties involved in Ms Madhagani’s death were known to one another, and the offender may have fled overseas.

A person in a forensic suit stands next to a white car being towed out of a driveway

A car was removed from Ms Madhagani’s garage on Sunday.(ABC News)

A Federal Attorney-General departmental spokesperson told the ABC it does not disclose extradition requests.

Victoria Police has said while it appreciates the “interest in the investigation” it has no further updates at this time.

“We will provide more information when operationally appropriate to do so,” a spokesperson said.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.