TAIPEI, Taiwan - Forensic experts announced yesterday that the two sets of bones found on June 10 in Hualien belonged to Liu Chih-chin and his wife Lin Chen-mi, who had been wanted for the alleged killings of their five children in 2006.
The Institute of Forensic Medicine had reported the DNA findings to the Hualien District Prosecutors Office. On June 10, the police station received calls telling them that they saw two collections of bones around the mountainous Tsz Wan Shan District in Hualien.
The police found a pair of man's sneakers and a pair of woman's sneakers, a pair of gold-coloured glasses, clothes, sleeping bags, and a food can and pesticide made in 2006. Police officers believe the remains were those of Liu and Lin based on the similarity of the man's glasses found at the scene to that featured in a photo of Liu released by the authorities in 2006.
Liu and Lin were wanted by the police for the death of their fifth children in 2006.
The five victims, aged from 10 to 19 years old, were found dead in their home in Hualien in September 2006. Police believe the victims were killed over two days, with the three males killed between the afternoon and evening of Sept. 4 and the two females on the evening of the next day. They were believed to be suffocated after being incapacitated by Derris trifoliate, a toxic plant that is sometimes used as a pesticide.
The police, who issued a warrant for the arrest of the Lius after they had gone missing since Sept. 5, 2006, did not specify the motive for the alleged filicide.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau had asked experts to go to Hualien City funeral parlour to compare the DNA between the children and that of Liu and Lin.