Another body found in bar­rel off Cen­tral Cross-Is­land High­way


The body of a man was found crammed in­side a green bar­rel off the Cen­tral Cross-Is­land High­way ( ) on Sun­day and po­lice of­fi­cials are spec­u­lat­ing about the pos­si­bil­ity that the pre­sumed mur­der could be re­lated to another “body-in-bin” case re­ported on Sept. 28.

The newly found body was sent to the Hualien Mor­tu­ary yesterday for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Deputy Chief Pros­e­cu­tor of the Hualien Dis­trict, Hsu Chien-jung ( ), there are no ev­i­dent in­juries on the sur­face of the body, though signs of suf­fo­ca­tion were iden­ti­fied. How­ever, the real cause of death can only be de­ter­mined af­ter the foren­sic au­topsy has been car­ried out, Hsu said.

A pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the de­ceased, sur­named Chen, was 65 years old and lived in Taichung. Chen was 167-cen­ter­me­ters tall, with a heart-shaped tat­too on his wrist, said Hsu. The po­lice said that Chen had a speed­ing ticket from Taichung City and an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card of a woman in his pos­ses­sion.

Chen’s body was dis­cov­ered nearly a week af­ter a pre­vi­ous “body-in-bin” case.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Chen’s for­mer land­lord re­counted that the two pre­sumed mur­der vic­tims were ac­quainted with each other, in­tro­duced by a com­mon friend and mur­der sus­pect, Yang Hung-ju ( ).

Chen’s body was sighted by an em­ployee of the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Highways (DGH,

), ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media. This was af­ter the fam­ily mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous “body- in- bin” vic­tim alerted the DGH em­ployee of an odor that smelled like rot­ting flesh nearby, which they no­ticed when they were per­form­ing the Zhao Hun ( ) cer­e­mony, a mourn­ing cer­e­mony to “call back the soul.”

Shortly af­ter, the DGH of­fi­cial found the locked bin 200 to 300 me­ters away from the pre­vi­ous “body-in-bin” site, ly­ing in the bushes off the high­way.

Ex­tra­or­di­nary Spec­u­la­tions

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media, the pre­vi­ous vic­tim’s body was dis­cov­ered af­ter fol­low­ing clues hinted in a dream that the de­ceased’s grand­daugh­ter had. She re­port­edly said to in­ves­ti­ga­tors that in her dream, her grand­fa­ther “walked across a red bridge, and passed a tun­nel, a place with the sound of wa­ter.”

Sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two cases in­clude both vic­tims be­ing male, both bins were locked and the process of find­ing them both in­voked supernatural spec­u­la­tion. The fam­ily of the pre­vi­ous vic­tim no­ticed the smell of the other vic­tim when they ac­ci­den­tally took a wrong turn dur­ing their mourn­ing rit­ual.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­port­edly ex­claimed, “I can’t stand this. It is too spine-chill­ing,” and “this is a sign from above!” ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media.


A po­lice­man stands next to a bar­rel con­tain­ing the body of man, dis­cov­ered off the Cen­tral Cross-Is­land High­way (

) on Sun­day, Oct. 4.

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