DNA test may verify the identify of missing couple
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.