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Corpses found under bizarre circumstances in northern, southern Taiwan

Corpses found under bizarre circumstances in northern, southern Taiwan

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Two corpses were found Thursday in a grotesque state in northern and southern Taiwan. In northern New Taipei City, a corpse was discovered by workmen floating in the underground water storage tank of an apartment complex in Banqiao District, after residents complained of a foul "spoiled seafood" odor whenever they used their faucets. Given the severe bloated condition of the corpse, police estimated that the body had been decomposing in the water tank for at least 10 days. Workmen also had to cut a bigger hole in the water tank to allow the removal of the bloated remains. Forensics experts said that the deceased is identified as a male, while the police have yet to rule out foul play. Police said that the deceased was found floating naked in the water tank, and that they also found some clothes and slippers beside the tank. It is possible that the deceased was homeless, and had died of an accident while trying to use water from the apartment complex's water tank, which may been accessed from behind the stairwell on the first floor, according to the police. In addition, although access to the water tank is protected by a cover, it can be easily removed by manual force. A water truck was dispatched to provide clean water to residents, who for the past few days had been bathing, washing, and cooking from the foul stew in their water tank. The cause of death is to be determined by an autopsy, said the police. Meanwhile, in southern Tainan City, police were alerted when workers at a Madou District-based recycling company found human skeletal remains inside a discarded refrigerator. After examining identification documents in a wallet at the scene, police identified the deceased as a male employee surnamed Hsieh (?), who had resigned from the company about 18 months ago, and was never seen again at the site since then. The identification of the deceased was also verified by Hsieh's family, who said that the marks on the skull matched his history of brain surgery. Hsieh's family said that they had filed a missing person's report after his disappearance on March 29 last year. As the deceased was found inside the refrigerator with a can of butane and a can of pesticide, police said further investigation is required, and that they have not ruled out suicide or foul play, adding that they found no signs of a struggle or fighting near where Hsieh's remains were found. (By Justin Su, Yang Sz-ruei and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 16:43 GMT+08:00