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Family finds missing skull in a gutter

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The family members of a woman who committed suicide in Changhua County accidentally threw out the woman’s skull, thinking it was trash, but the skull re-emerged yesterday in a gutter near their residence, sources said.

Media reports on Wednesday said the 45 year-old woman surnamed Chen (陳), of Yongching Township (永靖), committed suicide in a room on the second floor of the three-story house she had been renting with her four children since July last year.

Chen went missing prior to Lunar New Year after she told family members she was going out for a walk, the reports said.

The family members said they were unaware that Chen had committed suicide and only visited the room on Monday after noticing a foul smell emanating from it. They found the remnants of a head, which had become detached from the body because of decomposition. Thinking it was the head of a dead animal, they threw it out into the gutter.

After discovering her body later that day, Chen’s family called the police for assistance in finding Chen’s skull, which appeared to have been washed away. The family found the skull yesterday morning.

Changhua County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief Prosecutor Huang Chih-yung (黃智勇) said a preliminary inspection of the hair left on the rope Chen used to hang herself pointed to suicide.

Huang said they would compare DNA collected from the skull with that of her family to ascertain the identity of the victim.

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