DALIAN: Police in this port city in Northeast China's Liaoning Province
yesterday offered a reward of 10,000 yuan (US$1,250) in exchange for clues
leading to the arrest of the person behind the murder of a family of four last
According to the police notice, the murders occurred in Laoyemiao Village in
the Wafangdian, the suburbs of Dalian, near Highway 202 from Dalian to Harbin,
capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
Any drivers who passed the section of the highway near the village that night
have been asked to provide information about other vehicles seen exiting or
entering the highway.
Police declined to provide more details about the case, saying only that they
had been ordered to capture the criminals by the end of the year.
The Liaoshen Evening News, a local newspaper in Shenyang, the capital of
Liaoning Province, reported on Tuesday that a couple and their two children had
been murdered at Laoyemiao Village.
The husband, Xie, 36, and wife, Song, 35, were found dead in their house by
Xie's elder brother on Sunday morning. The couple's 11-year-old daughter and
5-year-old son were missing.
The brother immediately called the police. Police investigators said the
couple had been bludgeoned to death with hammers. The children were found dead
in a well in the courtyard behind the house.
Xie's house, an isolated two-story building near the highway, is far from the
village. The closest building was unoccupied on the night of the murders.
Workers at a petroleum station about 50 metres away did not hear any noise that
night, according to the paper's report.
The couple ran a restaurant out of their house and also managed a
transportation business consisting of two trucks, the neighbours said.
Their home was equipped with a monitoring and alarm system, but it had been
shut off because business had been slow in the past month, the paper quoted
Xie's mother-in-law as saying.
(China Daily 12/21/2006 page3)