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Chinese woman ‘fed poisoned milk to husband of 30 years before vanishing’

Man baffled as couple led a comfortable marriage for three decades and seldom quarrelled

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 March, 2017, 2:44pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 March, 2017, 3:57pm

A Chinese version of the US psychological thriller Gone Girl has been replayed in the case of a 52-year-old man in northeastern China who woke up to find his wife had mysteriously disappeared, according to a provincial television network.

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According to a report by HLJTV on Saturday, Tong Yunlong, a farmer who lives near Harbin, Heilongjiang province, became sick and later unconscious after drinking a glass of milk that his wife gave him on the night of March 3.

Tong felt sick until the next morning, when he woke up and found his wife gone, according to the report.

A few items were also missing from the house, which made him wonder what on earth could have happened to his 48-year-old wife to whom he had been lovingly married for nearly three decades.

It was reported that Tong and his wife had a 29-year-old daughter who was married but a 12-year-old nephew still lived with them.

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Tong reported the matter to police, who sent the remainder of the milk for forensic examination. The test found the liquid tainted by a toxic herbicide.

Tong said the couple led a comfortable live on their farm so he did not understand why his wife would disappear or try to poison him.

But he did report that his wife had gone missing a few times in the past six months. Each disappearance would last between a few days to a month, but the couple were not known to quarrel.

Police are investigating the case.