Father sought in death of two children in New Taipei City

Sister and brother, aged 10 and 7, found dead Sunday night, father missing

CCTV footage of Wu

CCTV footage of Wu (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The bodies of two young children, a sister and brother, aged 10 and 7 respectively, were found dead in their father's home on Sunday evening in New Taipei’s Taishan District (泰山區).

The children’s father, a 40 year old, surnamed Wu (吳), is being sought by authorities.

Wu recently divorced from his wife, who took custody of the 10 year old daughter following the break-up. The daughter was visiting her father’s home for the weekend, and was not returned to the mother’s house at the agreed upon time, prompting the mother to visit the father’s residence where she discovered the crime scene, reports CNA.

An initial investigation concluded Monday morning that the children died from suffocation. The father, who was missing from the home when the victims were discovered, is the primary person of interest, but has reportedly not yet been named as a suspect.

The police are actively searching for the children's father. However, there is some speculation among authorities, as based upon acquired circumstantial evidence, that he may have committed suicide.

According to a report from UDN, it was discovered that Wu took a taxi to Taiwan’s north coast, to Qianshuiwan (淺水灣) Seaside Park.

The taxi driver reported that Wu began walking towards the beach after being dropped off.

Officers were reportedly surveying the seaside park this morning, sparking rumors that a body had been discovered in the area. Police clarified that this was not an accurate report, and that currently Wu is still missing and being sought by authorities.

Wu was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with a design printed on the front, shorts, and slippers.