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.
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.