The New Zealand Herald

Woman who fled to India back in NZ

- Kurt Bayer

An autistic woman who changed her name and flew to India to be with her boyfriend has reportedly returned home.

Jessica Doody, 24, changed her name, got a new passport and travelled to the Southeaste­rn Punjab city of Patiala last month to live with her boyfriend, Gurdeep Singh, aka Garry Anttal.

A Facebook post by sister Sarah Doody says Jessica has returned home, Star.kiwi reports.

The post says Jessica is “a bit upset” but that she will have “heaps of support over the next few weeks/ months”.

Previously, her family feared for her safety, saying she has the mental capacity of a young teenager and was naive and vulnerable to manipulati­on.

Five agencies, including Interpol, were involved in the hunt for Doody.

Her father Craig Doody, a broker from Christchur­ch, flew to India to search for her.

On Thursday, local police officers visited his hotel to say his daughter had been found.

He was allowed a short meeting with her at a Patiala police station where Jessica told her father she wanted nothing to do with him and that she was happy in India. She said she was being well cared for and had been living at Singh’s parents’.

Craig Doody was then told by police that he must leave the city.

Doody flew to northern India via Guangzhou on March 16, travelling as Kathleen Gray-Anttal, to be reunited with her boyfriend, Gurdeep Singh, aka Garry Anttal. She had fallen $50,000 into debt when she was with him in New Zealand.

Doody’s family said the woman, who is on the autism spectrum and suffers from dyspraxia, would have been terrified without her support network. They were so concerned she would leave for India that they had earlier succeeded in getting a court-imposed travel ban on her original passport.

 ?? Picture / Supplied ?? Jessica Doody travelled to meet boyfriend Gurdeep Singh in India last month.
Picture / Supplied Jessica Doody travelled to meet boyfriend Gurdeep Singh in India last month.

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