- Last Updated: 1:00 AM, July 12, 2012
- Posted: 8:01 PM, July 11, 2012
The terrified sister of a 26-year-old Queens woman who went missing Sunday believes her deeply religious sibling has been murdered.
Gurpreet Kaur, 23, received a message from Rajwinder’s cell phone at 9:40 p.m. saying “The girl with this phone is dead was smiling.”
“We are scared to death,” said Kaur. “It was a psychotic message. This should be treated as a murder.”
Rajwinder was heading to her job as a volunteer at a Brooklyn homeless shelter, but the family didn’t know the name of it.
Gurpreet said it would be out of character for her sister, who she says holds a masters degree in religious studies from Queens College, to send such a sinister and crazed message.
“I thought it at first was a joke then after awhile I freaked out. It was so creepy and very dark and foreboding and I was scared.
“The police are reporting she ran away, She is s 26. She is too old to runaway. The family never stopped her from doing anything. We supported all her choices.”
She said her missing sister had been a case worker for the city but had been laid off and has since been unemployed.
She had plans to run a homeless soup kitchen out of their home.
Gurpreet, also shot down a police theory that her sister joined a cult.
“What cult would she join? She has been religious all her life.”
She added that her sister was devoted to their Sikh religion. “She did a three month spiritual retreat in Punjab [India] where other family members have gone. It’s a great place it’s not for fanatics.”
Gurpreet also dismissed the possibility of any romantic involvement could have played a role. “She did not have a boyfriend,” she said.
For years her hobby was selling items on eBay and to donate the profits
Her last eBay post was before her disappearance when she sold a microwave for about $50. Rajwinder directed the buyer to send the check to her mother.
Yesterday Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said “We’re doing obviously an investigation we’re asking anyone with information to give us a call.”
When asked if Rajwinder may have joined a cult, he replied, “That’s in the equation, it’s something we’re looking at, it’s out there, it’s something we’re looking into.”
In addition a police source said they believe Rajwinder is alive. The source said that items belonging to her were posted on eBay after she vanished.
Additional reporting by Jessica Simeone