The sister of Preethi Reddy has released a statement paying tribute to the murdered Sydney dentist, saying "words cannot capture" their family's pain.
The 32-year-old's body was found inside a suitcase at Kingsford on Tuesday night, with a police investigation into the tragedy continuing.
"Words cannot capture the pain we are feeling with the passing of my beautiful big sister," said Nithya, Preethi's sister.
"Preethi was a bright light; loveable, kind, and protective of all whom were lucky enough to have been loved and cared for by her.
"Prior to this unthinkable event, she had been the happiest I’d ever seen her – she he was living her best life.
"On behalf of my family, I want to thank anyone who shared our appeals to find her, and those who provided information to the police and us over the last few days.
"While we now know that Preethi is no longer with us, the certainty of her movements on Saturday night and Sunday morning are not yet fully known, and we will stay in touch with detectives as they work it all out."
Nithya also extended her thanks to the media for their assistance, but also called for respect for the family.
"To the media, thank you for your assistance thus far, but please respect that our family, particularly my parents and Preethi’s partner, are going through the hardest thing that anyone can endure, and please respect that we need our privacy right now," she added.
"We ask that everyone keep that in mind that we are grieving and we need space to do that.
"Finally, let the police do what they need to do to solve this horrific tragedy. Our family will never be the same without Preethi our lives.
"Please let her beautiful soul Rest In Peace."