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Police hope online trail leads to student's killer

MURDER INVESTIGATION Police probing the death of National Taiwan University student Lin Chih-hao believe clues to the case are hidden in Lin's e-mails

STAFF WRITER

Police investigating the murder of National Taiwan University student Lin Chih-hao (林志浩) said yesterday they have discovered the 21-year-old maintained an intimate e-mail correspondence with a teacher at National Taiwan Ocean University (海洋大學).

But Lin Chin-hsiang (林金祥), head of the Wenshan 2nd Precinct Criminal Investigation Bureau Unit, said that although the university instructor has been confirmed as an important person in relation to the case, he is not under suspicion.

To date, no individuals have been singled out as suspects in the investigation, although police are still trying to establish the identity of Lin's alleged lover, "Kevin."

By checking the e-mail records of those receiving Lin's messages, police discovered that Lin's regular correspondence with the instructor ended prior to winter break.

Because the instructor's name failed to appear on any e-mails during the break, detectives initially removed his name from the investigation.

Police say Lin began a new correspondence with a man nicknamed "Kevin" shortly after his exchanges with the instructor ended.

Detectives suspect that the teacher and "Kevin" might be one and the same person. However, they have been hampered in their efforts to question the teacher because the university is still on winter break.

Some 30 people whose names were found in Lin's e-mail records have been investigated so far. Some were friends that he made on the Net and had never actually met in person.

Police have been monitoring local gay Net sites as part of their investigations into the murder and are considering sending undercover policemen into the gay community.

Lin's naked body was found stuffed inside a large suitcase in Taipei City's Wenshan (文山) District on Feb 6.

A brief look at the case

* Lin's body was found stuffed inside a large suitcase in Taipei City's Wenshan District on Feb. 6.

* An autopsy report confirmed that Lin died of suffocation on Feb. 4.

* Police have investigated Lin's e-mail correspondence.

* Police announced yesterday that Lin maintained an intimate e-mail correspondence with a teacher at National Taiwan Ocean University.


An autopsy confirmed that Lin, a third-year accounting student, died of suffocation on Feb. 4, after an adhesive patch was forcibly applied over his nose and mouth.

Police believe that the patch might have been used for erotic asphyxiation, a practice in which the lack of oxygen causes the participants to experience a sexual "high."

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