Elderly man's body found in southern Taiwan canal

Investigation underway to determine cause of death of 75 year old Tainan man

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Tainan firefighters pull body from Chianan Canal, Aug. 4

Tainan firefighters pull body from Chianan Canal, Aug. 4 (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In Tainan’s Dongshan District (東山區) on Sunday morning (Aug. 4), the body of a 75-year -ld man was found in the Chianan Irrigation Canal (嘉南大圳), by local firefighters.

Firefighters with the Tainan Municipal Fire Department were conducting a water rescue training drill when they discovered a dead body in the canal. After removing the body from the water, it was quickly identified as a local man surnamed Lian (連).

The man was clearly deceased when he was discovered by the firefighters. However, upon removing the body from the water, a wound from a sharp object was discovered on the back of the man’s head, reports CNA.

It is unclear whether the man died as a result of an accident or foul play. An investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the wound on the man’s head.

CNA reports that the man had been in an argument with his family members the previous night before he left his home in anger and presumably went for a walk by the canal.