Suspects in dismemberment identified
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Chinese woman surnamed Tang and her Taiwanese ex-husband surnamed Chang are the prime suspects in a recent dismemberment case, according to a police investigation.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The police investigation indicated that a man surnamed Chou, a former employee of an electronics company, had been missing since Sept. 19 and parts of his body, which was cut in half, were discovered in a stream and in an abandoned pig sty on Oct. 6.
According to the police, Chou might have had a financial dispute with Tang, a possible motive of the murder.
The police said that Tang and Chang traveled to mainland China after the alleged crime took place, so the police have worked with authorities in mainland China to look for the two main suspects.
According to police records, Chou, 42, called his wife on Sept. 19 to tell her that he was leaving to have barbecue with his friends. Due to Chou and his wife's different working schedules, his wife did not report to the police that Chou was missing until Sept. 21.
After receiving the missing report, the police started to track surveillance footage of the areas near Chou's residence and checked records on Chou's computer. The police said that they discovered that Chou met Tang online and that they had developed a close relationship with each other. The area in which Chou was last recorded was near Tang's residence.
According to the police, Chou's wife said that her husband had a simple background and that she was not aware of Tang's relationship with her husband.
When the police intended to investigate further, however, they discovered that Tang had moved to an unknown place on Sept. 22. According to the police investigation, forensic investigators discovered blood spatter on the door, and the DNA sample from the blood matched the Chou's DNA, suggesting that Tang's former residence was the first crime scene.
The police also discovered that Tang's ex-husband Chang, who also lived in Taoyuan, still kept contact with Tang and went to a hospital on the day of the crime to seek treatment for a knife cut.
After collecting all of these clues, the police decided to search the areas nearby Chang's residence, which led them to two black plastic bags which carried Chou's dismembered body.
Based on the facts that Chou's body parts were discovered near Chang's residence and Chang left with Tang to China on Oct. 3 for no clear reason, police said they have listed the two as prime suspects and plan to cooperate with authorities in China to bring the duo to justice.