Body found at grave in suspected suicide
A man found an unburied body believed to be that of his half-brother while tending a family grave at a New Taipei cemetery on Tomb Sweeping Day yesterday, police said.
Police said they preliminarily determined it was a case of suicide, but DNA tests have to be conducted to see if the deceased is indeed related to the man who found him.
Sung, 40, was visiting a family grave in Chinshan when he opened a facility that stored cremation urns and found the body inside, according to police cited in a CNA report.
Judging from the belongings — including a cellphone and a passbook — believed to have been left behind by the deceased, it was Sung’s 57-year-old half-brother.
Police said they also found a bag of charcoal, but have yet to determine the cause of death.
Police said the man had been dead for more than half a year, adding that the elder half-brother had been unemployed and had run into heavy debts.