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Brother detained for desecration of corpse

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Banciao District Court yesterday ruled that Chen Chia-fu (陳佳富) should be detained on charges of abandoning and desecrating the corpse of his sister, Chen Wan-ting (陳婉婷), whose grisly murder and decapitation has shocked the nation.

The police said that currently there is not enough evidence to charge Chen Chia-fu, who was arrested on Sunday, with murder, and believe others may be involved.

Investigators said they have been unable to gather enough evidence to prove the brother committed the murder.

Chen Wan-ting's head was found in a public toilet in a temple near Chiayi County's Shuishang Village last week, covered in salt, after the police were notified by an anonymous letter signed "a good person."

Reports later said that police confirmed the letter was sent by Chen Chia-fu after it was studied using handwriting identification techniques.

According to police, Chen Chia-fu denied any involvement in his sister's murder or beheading, and said that surveillance camera footage of a man with a similar build was not of him.

The man captured in the footage was reportedly wearing a wig and a mask, and carrying three black plastic bags in New Taipei's Sanchong District and later in Chiayi County on March 13.

The suspect did, however, confirm during the interrogation session that he took out numerous insurance policies valued at a total of NT$6.36 million for his sister from 2011 to 2012, police reports said.

At the interrogation session yesterday, prosecutors said that the suspect's mother identified the person captured by cameras located in Sanchong as her son, but could not identify the person when she was shown footage of the man in Chiayi County.

Investigation unit chief Hsu Min-che (許明哲) said at a press conference at noon yesterday that an eyewitness in Chiayi allegedly saw a Chen lookalike in mask and sunglasses asking for directions on a bus.

Reports said that Chen Chia-fu and Chen Wan-ting resided in Sanchong District, and that both had histories of mental illness. Though the two were living together, they rarely saw each other, as the brother took odd jobs to earn a living while the sister spent most of her time in a nearby vegetable market.

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