Police launch murder investigation after torso found on Beijing street

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

A brutal murder case is gripping Beijing. On Thursday, a man's headless, limbless body has been found in the Chinese capital, just one block south of the Tiananmen Square.

The torso was found in the early morning hours of Thursday on the sidewalk at the intersection between Zhushi West Street and Meishi Street.

"Apparently he had been discovered by someone crossing the street at 4am", a nearby parking valet told the Beijing Times, adding that he had still seen the macabre remains when he passed by the scene on his way to work.

Police arrived by 8am to remove the body and clean the sidewalk. They told the local daily that the head and the limbs were still missing and that they were investigating the matter.

Netizens compared the case to that of Lin Jun, an undergraduate student from Wuhan, who had been murdered and dismembered in Montreal in May last year, leading to an international manhunt that ended with the arrest of a suspect in Berlin in June.