Police investigators today located the remains of a 21 year-old woman who is believed to have been murdered February 17. The find comes after the confession of her 20 year-old boyfriend in Hong Kong.
According to media reports in Taiwan’s Chinese-language press, Chen Tong-jia (陳同佳) confessed to Hong Kong police yesterday evening.
Based on information provided by Hong Kong police, police detectives in New Taipei City searched an area of scrub adjacent to a field behind Zhuwei MRT station in Danshui (Tamsui) District overnight, and located a body hidden under twigs and branches.
According to Liberty Times, police investigators said that the area was rarely frequented by people, and packs of wild dogs roamed the area. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition, and some parts were missing. Police said they will spare no effort to locate the missing bones in order to return the complete remains to the victim’s family.
An autopsy was performed in the afternoon, and DNA samples were taken to confirm the identity of the deceased, while attempts were made to clarify the cause of death.
Pan Hsiao-ying (潘曉穎) and her boyfriend Chen Tong-jia arrived in Taiwan on February 13 to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Taipei. The couple were due to return to Hong Kong February 17. The couple stayed at the Purple Garden Hotel on Nanjing West Road in Taipei City’s Datong District.
Chen returned to Hong Kong as scheduled, telling Pan’s family that the couple had an argument and had gone their separate ways in Taiwan. After the Pan family were unable to contact the missing woman by phone, and Chen refused further contact, they reported the incident to Hong Kong police.
Hong Kong police contacted their counterparts in Taipei, who accessed CCTV footage which showed that Chen and Pan entered the Purple Garden Hotel at around 12:25am February 17. Chen was carrying a newly-purchased large, pink suitcase, and was followed by his 160cm, 45kg girlfriend, Pan Hsiao-ying. It was the last time Ms Pan was seen alive.
CCTV footage showed that around 11:22am on February 17, Chen left the hotel struggling to drag the pink suitcase. Other footage showed Chen easily handling the luggage at Zhongshan MRT Station. Chen later returned to the Purple Garden Hotel without the suitcase.
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