A cybersecurity executive in Maryland was found dead outside her home and was suspected to have been murdered by her son, according to authorities.
On July 25, police retrieved the body of the victim Juanita Koilpillai, 58, outside her Tracys Landing home. She has been reported missing by her boyfriend.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department officers were informed by the victim’s boyfriend that there was blood seen inside her home.
Authorities searched the area, found her body and was declared dead at the scene. According to a medical examiner, the victim has died from several “sharp force injuries.”
“Preliminarily, the evidence indicates this was a targeted incident and not a random act of violence,” according to the police department.
Koilpillai’s vehicle, meanwhile, was seen in Leesburg, Va. and inside it was a weapon for murder, investigators said.
Police said that the victim and his son Andrew Weylin Beavers’ DNA were found on an edged weapon during the investigation.
Beavers was suspected to be behind the murder following the accounts of the witnesses and forensic analysis. He shared the same roof with his mother.
“Evidence supports that after murdering his biological mother and secreting her body outside he then fled to Leesburg, Virginia in her vehicle,” according to the police.
The suspect, 23, now faces first- and second-degree murder charges. He was brought to the Virginia authorities’ custody pending extradition to Maryland, FOX News reported.
Koilpillai, along with her ex-husband, have founded an advanced automated attack warning system called Cyberwolf, according to a report by Capital Gazette. The system is being used by the government.
She served in the cybersecurity industry for three decades and later sold the company.
“To grow a startup into a great company and then sell it to a bigger technology company was an incredible accomplishment,” Connie Moore, Koilpillai’s friend, shared to the media outlet. “But to do it as a woman, to do it as a person of color, just speaks volumes about her tenacity, about her brilliance, about her business acumen, about her technology expertise, it was extraordinary.”