Bettencourt disclosed there was no sign of a break-in at Kaur's second-floor unit. Her apartment was not ransacked, and her brown Toyota was left in the parking lot.
Retracing Kaur's activities on the day she died, police determined she spent the afternoon attending prayers at the Sikh temple in El Sobrante. She then headed home, presumably to study.
"We're looking at all aspects of her life right now, trying to pinpoint an exact motive and an exact suspect in the case," said Sgt. Bettencourt,
Elizabeth Duke believes whoever dumped the evidence knew that she is disabled and uses a wheelchair, so was unlikely to get to the curb to discover it.
If not for a visiting friend, who offered to take some trash out, no one would have discovered the purse and clothing, and since it was pick-up day, the items would have been gone an hour later.
"I think it's someone who knew," speculated Duke. "They knew about my situation and they knew about the garbage situation."
As Albany Police ask for tips in the case, a candlelight vigil is planned for Randhir Kaur on Monday, March 16 starting at 5 p.m. at Saunders Court at UCSF. It is open to all students, faculty and staff.
A formal memorial will be held after spring break. Kaur was enrolled in the International Dentist Program, which admits 24 foreign-trained dentists each year. She had been attending UCSF for eight months, and was set to graduate in June 2016. She will be buried in her native India.
Police are asking for the public's help, particularly those who live on or frequent Kains Avenue in Albany or Panama Avenue in Richmond, in providing any information about suspicious people or activities on Monday or March 8 in those areas.
Anyone with information is asked to call Albany police.