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Great Falls Woman Found Slain in Home

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 25, 2005; Page B04

A 52-year-old Great Falls woman was found stabbed to death in her home by her husband yesterday afternoon, and Fairfax County police were searching last night for their 20-year-old son.

Kiran V. Kadian's body was discovered about 4:20 p.m. by Rajesh Kadian, a gastroenterologist who is an author and prominent expert on India's political and military affairs.

Kiran V. Kadian was found fatally stabbed in her home on Thompson Ridge Court in Great Falls. Police were looking for her son, Jayant Kadian. (Rich Lipski -- The Washington Post)

Kiran Kadian was stabbed several times in the upper body, Fairfax police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said last night. The couple has lived in the brick house on Thompson Ridge Court, just off Walker Road, since 1992, according to land records and neighbors, and they have two daughters and a son.

The daughters, both college graduates, do not live with their parents, but police said their brother, Jayant, does. Mulrenan said police were looking for the son to be sure he was safe. But the homicide detectives huddled outside his house last night were hoping to ask him questions about more than just his health.

Investigators did not know last night how long Kiran Kadian had been dead, and police did not disclose where she was found in the house or whether there had been forced entry or a robbery. Detectives obtained a search warrant and were expected to spend much of the night scouring the house for clues.

Carter Simpson, a next-door neighbor, said that "there was a lot of tension in the family" and that the Kadians were trying to get their son mental health help.

Simpson described Kiran Kadian as "a lovely woman, a very devoted mother. She was very religious, spent a lot of time going back to India in the summers."

Police described Jayant Kadian as 6 feet 1 inch tall and 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. They said he may be driving a black 1994 Geo Prism with Virginia license plate ZHL-1262.

Rajesh Kadian has written books about India and its relations with Pakistan and Kashmir, appeared on national talk shows and advocated for Indian causes on Capitol Hill and at the State Department. He reportedly was with friends last night.

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