Cou­ple held for mur­der of mom and step­fa­ther

Po­lice no­ti­fied fol­low­ing son’s ef­forts to make in­sur­ance claims


De­tails have emerged in a case in­volv­ing a cou­ple de­tained by au­thor­i­ties on sus­pi­cion of mur­der­ing two vic­tims in or­der to col­lect in­sur­ance pay­ments, yes­ter­day. Po­lice in Nan­tou County are piec­ing to­gether the plot hatched by Wang Chung-yi (age 39) and his wife Chen Li-ya (age undis­closed) in­volv­ing the mur­der of two vic­tims, be­lieved to be Wang’s mother and step­fa­ther.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found Wang’s mother (age 72) drowned in a creek ap­prox­i­mately 110 cen­time­ters deep used to ir­ri­gate melon crops in Nan­tou’s Guox­ing Town­ship. The sus­pects were at­tempt­ing to make pas­sage for In­done­sia be­fore they were de­tained at Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port on April 5 by au­thor­i­ties.

Prob­a­ble Mo­tive Tied to Credit

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Po­lice stum­bled upon the case due to Wang’s zeal­ous at­tempts to claim in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums on be­half of his mother. Wang’s re­peated calls to the in­sur­ance com­pany that pro­vided cov­er­age for his mother raised sus­pi­cions and au­thor­i­ties were no­ti­fied of the sus­pect’s du­bi­ous in­ten­tions.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve that due to the Wang fam­ily’s in­sol­vency, the sus­pect’s at­tempts to ap­ply for life in­sur­ance were re­peat­edly re­jected by an in­sur­ance com­pany. The in­sur­ance com­pany was due to fi­nally agreed to in­sure the sus­pect’s mother for a plan cov­er­ing ac­ci­den­tal death and dis­mem­ber­ment af­ter re­peated threats to re­port the case to the Fi­nan­cial Su­per­vi­sory Com­mis­sion. The plan pur­chased capped pre­mi­ums at NT$500,000 dol­lars.

A month af­ter the vic­tim was cov­ered by the in­sur­ance in Au­gust 2014, the sus­pects ini­ti­ated their plan to col­lect her in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums. Two months later, Wang and Chen took the vic­tim out by a stream in which she was later found to have drowned.

Fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ dis­cov­ery and ex­am­i­na­tion of the body, Wang ar­ranged for the body to be do­nated for sci­en­tific re­search, for which he col­lected NT$ 50,000. The sus­pect also col­lected NT$150,000 from farm­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions for burial costs and NT$180,000 from the Xinyi Town­ship’s (Nan­tou County) fund for el­derly as­sis­tance.

Wang’s re­peated at­tempts to cash in on his mother’s ac­ci­den­tal in­sur­ance and his sub­se­quent de­ci­sion to do­nate her body to science, raised sus­pi­cions at the in­sur­ance com­pany, which no­ti­fied au­thor­i­ties half a year ago.

Step­fa­ther’s Death Also Un­der


Au­thor­i­ties are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sus­pi­cious death of Wang’s step­fa­ther (then aged 75) af­ter it was dis­cov­ered that hus­band and wife died within four months of each other. Ini­tially, the sus­pected vic­tim’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered in a Beigang creek bed in Fe­bru­ary.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors Wang’s step­fa­ther was suf­fer­ing from re­nal fail­ure and other ail­ments last May when the sus­pect re­moved him from hos­pi­tal care de­spite a high fever. The sus­pect re­ported his step­fa­ther miss­ing in the vicin­ity of Zhongyuan Bridge in Nan­tou’s Re­nai Town­ship on May 31, 2014.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­port that ac­cord­ing to plans made by the sus­pected killers, Chen re­trieved her fa­ther in law from the hos­pi­tal and pushed him off the Zhongyuan Bridge.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­vealed that Wang at­tempted to have the vic­tim’s re­mains (then yet to be iden­ti­fied) trans­ported away from the fu­neral par­lor. Due to nec­es­sary lab­o­ra­tory work to de­ter­mine the DNA of the vic­tim and the sub­se­quent ar­range­ments for fu­neral costs, Wang was re­ported to have placed nu­mer­ous calls to the lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice, the foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors and the in­sur­ance com­pany in­volved in or­der to ob­tain death com­pen­sa­tion.


A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor points at the Zhongyuan Bridge in Nan­tou County, the site of a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, yes­ter­day. Wang Chung-yi and his wife Chen Li-ya are be­ing held for the sus­pected mur­der of two vic­tims, be­lieved to be Wang’s mother and his step­fa­ther in what au­thor­i­ties be­lieve to be an at­tempt to claim in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums to pay off credit card debt.

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