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Police recover body parts after suspect confessed

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taichung police yesterday retrieved body parts of a woman who was allegedly murdered and placed in a concrete barrel before being dumped into a reservoir in Miaoli by her boyfriend in October.

Chang Ming-yen (張明諺), a sergeant from Taichung Police County’s Dajia Precinct, said the suspect, Chang Chun-chieh (張鈞傑), told police on Wednesday night he had dumped a barrel with the body of Chao Hsiu-ming's (趙秀銘) inside it, into the reservoir.

Police launched a large-scale search yesterday morning. At about noon, investigators found body parts believed to belong to Chao, along with remnants of the barrel, on the banks of the Liyutan Reservoir in Miaoli. They recovered the rest of the body later.

“Chang Chun-chieh told us the barrel was seriously damaged while it was being moved around. We believe the barrel and the victim's body were torn apart after being dumped into the reservoir,” the sergeant said.

Chang Chun-chieh, 29, told police that Chao, 45, informed him that she wanted to break up in September. On Oct. 25, after a talk turned into a fight, Chao allegedly suffered an injury to her head after Chang Chun-chieh pushed her against a door. Chang Chun-chieh told police he found Chao dead the next morning, but insisted she died from overdosing on sleeping pills.

Chang Chun-chieh said two days later, he asked his friends to purchase a barrel and concrete for him. He placed Chao's body in the barrel, sealed it with concrete and dumped the barrel into the reservoir.

After police received a missing person report from Chao's family, they interviewed Chang Chun-chieh's friends and listed him as a prime suspect.

Chang Chun-chieh fled to Xiamen on Nov. 3. He was arrested by Chinese police and escorted back to Taiwan on May 14.

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