Baitadi District Police Office Spokesperson, Janak Dhami, informed that the vaginal swab of Bhagirathi Bhatta has been sent to the National Forensic Science Laboratory, Kathmandu, for testing four days after her body was found in the community forest.

Police have suspect that 17-year-old Bhatta was strangulated to death after being sexually assaulted.

"Further investigation into the case is going on by securing all the evidence collected from the incident site," Dhami said. Samples including the vaginal swab have been collected for DNA test.

Chief of District Hospital, Baitadi, Dr Basanta Raj Joshi said the postmortem report will shed light on the cause of death.

Although the postmortem was conducted on Saturday, the report has not yet been made public. Dr Joshi said, works on preparing the report have reached the final phase and that they would submit the report to police today itself.

However, family members of the deceased have said they will not receive her body until the truth behind her death is revealed and culprit(s) responsible for her death are brought to book.