Body of Chinese bride Li Hau Cao 'buried under London Olympics site'

Remains of Chinese bride reportedly disposed of under London landmark on the orders of rich British husband convicted of her murder

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 5:49am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 December, 2013, 5:49am

The body of a pregnant Chinese woman murdered by her wealthy British husband reportedly lies "buried beneath London's Olympic Park".

Property tycoon Robert Ekaireb, 39, was found guilty on Thursday of killing his wife Li Hau Cao, a 27-year-old from Dalian who vanished without trace in October 2006.

Even though her remains have never been found after a seven-year hunt, Scotland Yard detectives told a British newspaper on Friday that they believe multimillionaire Ekaireb hired a notorious crime family to dispose of her body beneath the iconic London landmark.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman refused to confirm or deny the claim, but added: "We will look into queries about possible excavation sites if they arise."

However, a person familiar with the trial told the Sunday Morning Post: "Detectives who worked on the case are convinced Li's remains were disposed of on the Olympic Park site as the ground was being prepared for the huge project ahead of the 2012 London Olympics."

Police confirmed at the end of the two-month Old Bailey trial they had discovered Ekaireb had a complex web of connections with a London crime gang.

"It is believed he used his links to an organised criminal network to dispose of Li Hau's body," police said on Friday.

The criminal syndicate was named by the Daily Mail newspaper as the "notorious Adams family", known to the police as the A-Team and linked to multiple murders, and who hire expensive legal firms whenever they face charges.

Li met Ekaireb in a nightclub in Cork, Ireland where she worked as a nightclub lap-dancer, the court heard.

Her family told the trial she had left China in search of a wealthy Western husband after travelling around the world - including Hong Kong.

The couple embarked on a whirlwind romance and they married in China within weeks, which was formalised at a London registry office in October 2006.

But Ekaireb, who made his fortune in property and the jewellery trade, soon became paranoid and fixated with her past career. Within weeks of their marriage Li told her family she felt suffocated by the relationship and said they frequently had rows, some turning physical.

Police believe she was planning to leave their luxury one-bed apartment at a private gated community in upmarket Hampstead, north London, when she disappeared. She was 22 weeks pregnant.

Her last known actions were telephone calls to her family on the night of October 23, 2006, when she said she wanted to leave. She called Ekaireb on his mobile phone before he returned home late that evening, detectives discovered.

A short time later he called the manager's office of West End nightclub run by a senior member of the Adams family, and police suspect he held a "council of war" to plan the disposal of her body.

Her brother Li Bin Cao wept in the dock as he gave evidence. He said: "I felt from the first time she just disappeared it was too curious, too strange."