Police had found Scarlet Keeling's body with bruises all over her body on the deserted beach, but initially claimed that she had drowned. Keeling's parents, however, said Scarlet was raped and murdered. "I have identified my daughter's body. There are 50 marks on her body compared to the five recorded in the first autopsy," said Fionna Mackeown, Scarlet's mother. Vikram Verma, the counsel for the parents of the victim said: "Based on the evidence on the file and the mother's deposition, the police has ordered a second autopsy to be conducted by a panel of doctors other than the original doctors who had performed the autopsy."
An autopsy report has revealed that Scarlet's mouth was stuffed with sand and that she did not have enough salt water in her lungs to suggest drowning. Authorities in Goa have said they have asked the police to delve deeper into the case.