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Graduate student detained for alleged killing of teacher

2017/02/14 22:17:24

Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Police detained a graduate student from National Taiwan University of Sport in connection with the killing of his teacher on Tuesday.

The family of the teacher, identified only by her surname Cheng (鄭), reported her missing on Feb. 6, shortly after she told them she would be traveling with a friend to Hualien in eastern Taiwan, but then failed to respond to their efforts to contact her.

Police tracked down to Chen Ming-feng (陳明鋒), 27, a graduate student at National Taiwan University of Sport in Taichung, after discovering that Cheng was last seen on the back of his motorbike riding from Changhua to Taichung that day.

Chen told police that the two had quarreled and he strangled Cheng. The next day he disposed of her body in an isolated mountainous area of Nantou County.

Police searched the area and found Cheng's body where Chen had indicated it would be.

The university identified Chen as the son of Chen Wei-cheng (陳威成), the former head coach of Taiwan's professional baseball team. He originally trained in Japan, but returned to Taiwan after being injured and met Cheng after she became his counseling psychologist in 2013.

Police said that shortly after they met, Cheng started paying Chen's rent of NT$9,000 (US$292) and also provided him with NT$5,000 for monthly living expenses.

Chen allegedly tried to break up with Cheng, but the latter refused, according to police.

Chen was turned over to the Taichung District Prosecutors Office, and their request to detain him was granted by the Taichung District Court.

The coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Cheng's death.

(By Hau Hsueh-ching and Lilian wu)