Suspects in dismemberment case back in Taiwan

Suspects in dismemberment case back in Taiwan

TAIPEI - The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) yesterday escorted the two suspects in a brutal dismemberment case - a Chinese woman surnamed Tang and her Taiwanese ex-husband surnamed Chang - from mainland China to Taiwan.

The two suspects allegedly murdered and dismembered a man surnamed Chou, a former employee of an electronics company, before fleeing to mainland China, the CIB said.

Chinese police worked with the CIB over the case and (recently) arrested the two suspects, the bureau said, noting that the two were handed over to the CIB and returned to Taiwan for questioning.

The upper half of Chou's body, which was severed at the torso, was found in Taoyuan County in a gutter on Oct. 5, while the lower half was found in a deserted pig sty Oct. 7, the CIB said, noting that Tang and Chang travelled to China on Oct. 3 after the crime took place.

According to police records, Chou, 42, called his wife on Sept. 19 to tell her that he was leaving to have a barbecue with his friends. Due to Chou and his wife's different working schedules, his wife did not report to the police that Chou was missing until Sept. 21.

CIB First Division Captain Liao Hsiun-cheng said the team tracked camera footage of the area near Chou's residence and checked records on his computer, and discovered an "unusual relationship" between Chou and Tang. Chou was last recorded by surveillance cameras near Tang's residence.

According to camera footage, Tang and Chang on Sept. 20 were recorded carrying huge black plastic bags from Tang's residence, then driving off to a still-undisclosed location, the bureau said, adding that Tang moved out of her place on Sept. 22.

The CIB said the investigative team discovered blood spatter on the door and floor of Tang's residence, noting that the DNA sample from the blood matched Chou's, which suggests that Tang's former residence might have been the crime scene.

The investigative team retraced Tang and Chang's tracks and found the victim's car on Oct. 2, and his remains on Oct. 5 and Oct. 7.

Police suspect a financial dispute might be a possible motive for the murder, a CIB official said.

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