The Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday concluded its investigation into a double homicide in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Bali District (八里) and indicted the prime suspect, Hsieh Yi-han (謝依函), on charges of murder, robbery, fraud and forgery.
The three other suspects in the case, Lu Ping-hung (呂炳宏), the owner of a coffee shop, and Lu’s friends, Ou Shih-chen (歐石城) and Chung Tien-feng (鍾典峰), were not indicted and were released due to insufficient evidence proving their involvement.
The four were considered prime suspects in the murders of Chen Chin-fu (陳進福), a businessman, and his wife, Chang Tsui-ping (張翠萍), an associate professor at Shih Chien University.
The couple was last seen at the Mama Mouth cafe in February before their bodies were discovered on the banks of the Tamsui River (淡水河) in Bali.
The investigation showed that Chen had been very fond of Hsieh, and visited the cafe every day to give her money, jewelry and gifts, while his wife was in class or traveling abroad.
The investigation also showed that Chen took Hsieh as his stepdaughter, although Chang’s younger sister said in a report in the Chinese-language China Times on Thursday that Chang had protested the decision, feeling that at their advanced age — Chen was 79 and Chang 57 — they could not afford to take care of a 30-year-old woman, whose fiancee did not have a stable job.
The investigation concluded that Hsieh’s motive for the murder was to obtain Chang’s jewelry collection — estimated at NT$40 million (US$1.3 million) — as she was strapped for cash.
The prosecutors’ office also summoned Hsieh’s mother, her fiance — surnamed Chu (祝) — and Chang’s younger sister as witnesses.