Thousands in Wuhan undergo mandatory DNA tests after missing student found dead

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 6:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 7:24pm

Thousands of university teachers and students in the city of Wuhan have been ordered to undergo DNA tests after police found the body of a missing female student.

Hongshan district police in central China’s Hubei province on Tuesday opened a criminal investigation after they discovered the student’s body under a bridge spanning a dried-out river, according to Wuhan Evening News.

The victim, identified as Chen Xin, 20, was a student at Luojia College in Wuhan University. She was reported missing last Monday evening.

As part of a sweeping manhunt, students at Hubei Galaxy Information Technology College on Tuesday lined up to register their identification information and give blood for DNA tests conducted jointly by police officials and medical staff, the newspaper reported.

A police officer overseeing the process told the paper that male teachers were also required to take part. Quoting a teacher at the school, the report added that thousands of male students and teachers from Luojia College and three other schools sharing the campus would be required to submit to DNA tests.

The universities involved have either refused to discuss the case or referred inquiries to the authorities.

A spokeswoman for Hongshan District Police Bureau confirmed that large-scale DNA tests had been arranged in the four schools in a telephone interview with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, saying the screening process was still being carried out. She declined to discuss specific details of the case to avoid compromising the police investigation.

Shi Peng, a Wuhan-based lawyer with the Hubei Jingli law firm, said police in China were legally entitled to carry out DNA tests.