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Police hunt pig farm murder suspect

PORK CHOP Ilan police were hunting the owner of a remote farm after the bodies of two hunters who went missing were discovered chopped up into 16 pieces

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Ilan police are looking for the owner of a pig farm who is suspected of murdering and chopping up two old men that police believe may have attempted to steal some of his pigs.

The city's police department said Ilan residents Lin Pao-tong (林寶童), 67, and Kao Chin-sheng (高金生), 65, were reported missing last Friday after the two went off to trap wild boars in the county's mountainous regions.

The families and neighbors of both men joined the police in the hunt for the missing men, which continued for four days and also involved police helicopters. But on Tuesday afternoon, the bodies of the two were discovered packed into four plastic bags in a mountainous area just 300m from a boar farm.

Members of the search team were shocked as they opened the bags to discover that the bodies of the deceased had been chopped up into eight pieces each.

The police said they found strands of hair and bloodstains belonging to the two deceased at the farm and suspect that farm owner Huang Shi-hung (黃旭弘), 44, murdered the two trappers at his farm. It looked like there was a violent struggle before the murders took place, the police said.

The police said Huang fled after he was informed by his girlfriend that the police were looking for him. He was last seen leaving a dinner with friends on Tuesday.

Police said Huang, who has a lengthy criminal record, seemed very calm after the murders.

Prosecutor Shen Nien-tsu (沈念祖) of the Ilan District Prosecutors' Office said yesterday that "both men were killed by blows to the head with a blunt instrument, and investigators estimated that the two had been dead for over four days."

"The suspect was obviously experienced at dismembering bodies. He [the suspect] may have experience of slaughtering pigs," the prosecutor added.

Huang's neighbors told police that he had been angry that someone had attempted to release his pigs from the farm and he had caught them again in the mountainous area.

Police suspect that Huang may have killed the two men after believing they were attempting to steal his animals.

The victims' families yesterday told reporters that Huang must be given the death sentence if he were found guilty.

Huang's neighbors said they had seen Huang use two or three men to keep trappers away from his farm.

Police added they suspected there was more than one person involved in the murders.

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