Bano was last seen alive on January 10, 2018. Her family couldn't trace her after searching the entire area.    On January 17, 2018, Asifa Bano was found dead. Her body was found in bushes in Kathua village, more than a kilometre from her home.    Police officials said she was held captive and sedated at a temple in Kathua. In April 2018, retired government official Sanji Ram was one of the accused who was arrested for gang-raping and murdering Asifa Bano.