Man arrested in southern Taiwan for allegedly killing Malaysian student
Tainan, Oct. 30 (CNA) A man was arrested in Kaohsiung Thursday night in the death of a female Malaysian student from a Tainan university, whose body was found shortly after.
The suspect, a Taiwanese man surnamed Liang (梁), confessed to strangling the 24-year-old student to death and dumping the body in the mountains of Kaohsiung, Tainan police said.
Based on the evidence found so far in the case, it is believed that Liang abducted the student sometime after 8 p.m. Wednesday, which is the last time she was seen alive, police said.
Identifying the victim only by the surname Chung (鍾), police said she was a student at Chang Jung Christian University in Tainan, which filed a report with immigration officials Thursday, saying she had gone missing.
When the Tainan City Police Department's Gueiren Precinct was informed of the case, its investigators found CCTV footage that showed the student walking along a road in Gueiren District, close to a railway overpass, at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, before disappearing from sight.
A search of the area turned up a shoe that was later determined to be Chung's and which led police to believe that she had been abducted in that area, according to the precinct.
In the same area, police also zeroed in on a private car that was found to contain bloodstains and a bag of female underwear, the precinct said.
The vehicle registration led police to the 28-year-old Liang (梁), who was arrested Thursday night and confessed to strangling the student with a length of rope and dumping the body in the mountainous Alian District in Kaohsiung.
Shortly after Liang's confession, police found the student's body on a hillside in Kaohsiung, the city where Liang's household is registered, the precinct said.
According to their initial investigation, police said, it appeared that the student did not know Liang, who is believed to have been preying on women walking alone on the lonely road near the railway overpass in Tainan.
At least one other Chang Jung University student has related on social media an experience of a man attempting to abduct her in that same location in September, police said.
The case of Chung's death has been handed over to the Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office in Kaohsiung for further investigation.
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