DNA test may ver­ify the iden­tify of miss­ing cou­ple

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Foren­sic ex­perts started a DNA test on the bones of a cou­ple, who are sus­pected to be the par­ents that com­mit­ted the crime of killing their five chil­dren nine years ago.

The 2006 mur­der case in Hualien in­volv­ing Liu Chi­hchin ( ) , 48, and his wife Lin Chen- mi ( ), 35, has re­mained a mys­tery till this day. De­spite the po­lice’s on­go­ing ef­forts to find them, the sus­pects have been miss­ing all th­ese years.

On Wed­nes­day, June 10, a lo­cal hunter accidentally stum­bled upon the bones of a man and a woman in a hill close to Liu’s home, giv­ing new hopes that the cou­ple may fi­nally have been un­cov­ered. All the ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­mains, such as glasses, shoes, clothes, all bear great re­sem­blance to items owned by the cou­ple, the po­lice said.

The bones were re­port­edly wrapped in­side a sleep­ing bag by a bush. The cou­ple is be­lieved to have been dead for years, as their skulls were cov­ered by moss. The golden-frame glasses are “ex­actly the same” as those worn by Liu, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice of­fi­cer in charge of the crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The sizes of the shoes as well as the heights of the bones, also match those of Liu and Lin. A bot­tle of pes­ti­cide, with the year on its la­bel co­in­cid­ing with the year of the mur­der, was also found at the scene. The po­lice said the cou­ple might have drunk the bot­tle to com­mit sui­cide.

The lo­ca­tion of the bones is about two kilo­me­ters away from the mur­der scene — Liu’s home; the prox­im­ity sug­gests the po­lice might have found the sus­pects.

Mur­der Mo­tive Still Un­clear

On Sept. 8, 2006, af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports that there was a strong stench com­ing from Liu’s res­i­dence and that his chil­dren had been miss­ing school, the po­lice ar­rived and en­tered the home to find the five dead chil­dren piled on one an­other in the third-floor bath­room.

The vic­tims’ hands and legs were tied with wire, while their faces were sealed with ad­he­sive tape, and their heads wrapped in plas­tic bags.

They are Liu’s 18-year-old and 17-year-old sons and 12-year-old daugh­ter, all from his pre­vi­ous mar­riage, and a nine- year- old daugh­ter and eight-year-old son from his mar­riage to Lin.

The cou­ple mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared right af­ter the in­ci­dent. They could not be reached and Liu’s ve­hi­cle was spot­ted out­side a train sta­tion. In­ves­ti­ga­tors still can­not fathom why Liu and Lin would kill their chil­dren.

The ab­sence of in­stru­men­tal ev­i­dence and the sus­pects’ ab­sence made the in­ves­ti­ga­tion very dif­fi­cult. Over the years, the po­lice have launched nu­mer­ous search mis­sions up re­ceiv­ing leads of the par­ents’ where­abouts.

The new­found bones were trans­ported to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau yes­ter­day, where DNA tests were car­ried out.

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