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Crime in Hong Kong

Man’s body wrapped in plastic bags found at construction site for Hong Kong bridge to mainland China

Workers discovered a foul-smelling object wrapped in three to four layers of bags near a pile of debris

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 May, 2018, 7:54pm
UPDATED : Friday, 04 May, 2018, 8:26pm

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man’s body wrapped in three to four layers of plastic bags was found on Friday at a Tung Chung construction site for the bridge connecting Hong Kong to mainland China.

Chief Inspector Wesley Tse Tan-sang said construction workers discovered a foul-smelling object wrapped in bags near a pile of debris at the site at 8.30am and called police.

“Police found an intact body at the scene. Upon examination by forensic scientists, the dead person was believed to be an Asian man between the ages of 26 and 50. He did not carry any identity documents or have any belongings with him.”

“He had tattoos on his body, arms and legs. It is believed he had been dead for about one to two weeks,” Tse added. “The cause of death remains unclear and no weapons were found.”

The site is on East Coast Road, which is near Hong Kong International Airport.

Tse said that possibly because the body was wrapped in plastic, it had not decayed completely.

No obvious fatal wounds were found on the body, but there were one or two wounds on the man’s head. An autopsy would be needed to find out the cause of death.

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Tse said the site did not have security guards or surveillance cameras, implying that anyone could have entered the area freely.

Police were to check whether any CCTV cameras had been installed nearby.

Officers were investigating whether the man had been killed at the scene or the body had been dumped there after he was murdered elsewhere.

There were 24 murder cases in Hong Kong last year, down 14 per cent from 2016.