Within miles of the quiet Hanover County neighborhood where deputies found the bloodied body of Reena Jadav this month, the apparent murder weapon, wrapped in clothing, was discovered in someone’s yard, according to a prosecutor in the case.
Jadav, 30, was found lying dead in a neighborhood lawn in the predawn hours of Sept. 5 — a street away from the home where she lived with her husband, Harshadkumar Jadav, 33, who has been charged with first-degree murder.
“An object believed to be the instrument used in the murder was found wrapped in clothes,” Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney R.E. “Trip” Chalkley III said Friday.
Chalkley referred to Jadav’s death as “horrific” and said many potential pieces of evidence are being examined. Evidence in the case also suggests Harshadkumar Jadav had been wearing those very clothes the night before Reena’s body was found. And when police arrested him, he was in possession of his passport and more than $10,000 in cash, Chalkley said.
Those details and the charge of first-degree murder were enough for prosecutors to persuade the judge Thursday to deny bond for Harshadkumar Jadav, who is due back in Hanover Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.
Officials have not disclosed what type of weapon was used to kill Reena Jadav. The medical examiner’s office has determined she died of blunt force trauma.
“Our family is extremely happy to hear that bond was denied,” Reena Jadav’s brother, Gaurav “G” Shrestha, wrote in an email.
“Given the brutality of Reena’s death, this has been tough on all of us, and I imagine it will continue to be tough given the trial in the months ahead,” Shrestha wrote. “We are extremely grateful for all the love and support we continue to receive from family, friends, colleagues and the community. We are hopeful that Reena will get the full justice she deserves.”
To preserve the integrity of the case, the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, which has not disclosed a motive for the alleged murder, has released limited information about the investigation. Search warrants in the case, which include the couple’s home, have been sealed.
Officials have not said when the alleged murder weapon was turned over to authorities. But Chalkley said Friday that it was found within a few miles of the murder scene but not in the same neighborhood where Jadav’s body was found.
On Sept. 4, the night before the body was found, residents in her Honey Meadows neighborhood said they heard a loud scream about 11 p.m.
Her body was located about 5:45 a.m. the next day in the 10000 block of Colony Bee Place, several hundred feet from her home, within walking distance of Cool Spring Elementary School.
“While we cannot bring back Reena’s cheerful spirit and infectious laughter, we have the memories we shared over the past 30 years. She will always stay within our hearts and in our memory. No one can take that away from us and those whose lives she has touched,” Shrestha said.
“Reena was a smart, loving, kindhearted, creative and artistically talented young lady. Anyone who met Reena was lifted by her sweet, genuine soul. Even though our family lost a cherished daughter, sister and aunt, God received an angel.”
Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is asked to call the Hanover Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.