Thiruvananthapuram: Police in Kerala are in search of a resort manager and a married woman who eloped with him, carrying the youngest of her three children with her. The two are suspected to have schemed the murder of the woman’s husband before fleeing.

Mulloor Rijosh, 31 and his 29-year-old wife Liji had joined work at a farm house-cum-resort near Rajakumari in Idukki district a year ago. The couple have three children aged 10, eight and two.

Rijosh went missing on October 31, and though Liji initially said she had received calls from him from Kozhikode, her statements about her missing husband did not seem convincing.

When she grew suspicious about the police net closing in on her, she herself left the place with the resort manager, 32-year-old Kuzhikandathil Wasim, a native of Thrissur district who had been working at the resort for the past four years.

Police believe Wasim and Liji were in an illicit relationship and that Wasim was providing money to Rijosh frequently to buy and consume liquor. The investigating team suspects that the duo may have poisoned Rijosh’s drink to murder him.

A breakthrough in the case came when a police dog brought to the scene ran around the farm house and stopped at a pit where earth had freshly been filled. Further inquiry revealed that Wasim had told a neighbour that he had buried a dead cow in the pit a few days ago, and asked the neighbour to fill up the pit with more earth using an earth mover.

In a few hours, police could excavate Rijosh’s body from the pit, confirming the murder.

While on the run, on Thursday Wasim sent a short video, confirming that he alone was responsible for the murder and requesting police not to harm his family.

Rijosh’s post mortem details are awaited.

The mobile phones of Wasim and Liji have been switched off since November 4, but based on mobile tower information and other inputs, police suspect the two have gone to Tamil Nadu.

Last month, the revelation that one Jolly Joseph allegedly poisoned to death six of her in-laws’ family including her husband, had shocked Kerala.