A MAN was detained yesterday morning by police in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province, in connection with the suspected murder of a young woman who was reported missing less than a day earlier.
The 20-year-old, surnamed Lu, is accused of robbing and killing student Wang Jinfang, also 20, whose body was discovered in a bamboo forest close to her home.
She had been reported missing by her mother on Friday evening, police said.
Wang left home on Friday morning to go to a summer job at a nearby factory. Her mother became anxious after she failed to return home that night and it became clear she had not been to work.
Police launched a search for Wang and made a quick breakthrough after viewing footage from surveillance cameras along the road leading out of her village.
In the film a man was clearly seen following the student. After a search of the surrounding forest, Wang’s body was found lying among the bamboo.
Police identified the man in the footage as migrant worker Lu, a native of southwest China’s Guizhou Province, and detained him at his rented home yesterday morning.
Officers claim that under questioning, Lu confessed to killing Wang after following her and dragging her into the forest.
Wang’s death comes after two other female university students were killed earlier this month, while another young woman escaped a violent kidnapper and two others remain missing.
On August 12, 19-year-old Gao Qiuxi was killed by a man in Jiangsu Province, while three days earlier, 20-year-old Gao Yu was killed after a dispute with an unlicensed cab driver in Chongqing.
Last week, a 22-year-old student was rescued after being kidnapped by a 52-year-old man in Jinan, east China’s Shandong Province.
The woman was raped and beaten by her captor, surnamed Dai, who kidnapped her after she hired him to take her to a railway station on his electric bicycle.
The student was rescued after managing to send a text message to a friend who in turn alerted the police.
Meanwhile, police said they are still looking for 22-year-old student Lin Fangguan, who went missing in mid-July, and 23-year-old Xu Mengna, from southwest China’s Sichuan Province, who was last seen by her family on August 5.
Source: Shanghai Daily