On March 4, 2013, a grey Toyota RAV4 was stolen from outside a convenience store in Changchun's Luyuan district. Strapped into the back seat was Xu Haobo, a two-month-old baby boy. A city-wide manhunt was launched and on March 5 the stolen SUV was found abandoned outside the Yingchengzi Elementary School in Yongfa township. Later that day, a 48-year-old man handed himself in to police, confessing that he had choked the baby to death after stealing the vehicle and had buried its remains in the snow.
Costly national surveillance network criticised for failing to find kidnapped infant in stolen SUV
A two-day manhunt for a baby boy and the man who kidnapped him ended last night after the suspect turned himself in and admitted choking the baby to death, Jilin police said.
A two-day city-wide manhunt in snow-covered northeastern China ended in heartbreak and disbelief after a baby stolen along with a SUV was found murdered – and the suspected thief and murderer turned himself in.
Officers found the Toyota RAV4 at about 8am in front of a school entrance in Gongzhuling county, about 40 kilometres southwest of Changchun, Jilin province in northeastern China. But there was no baby in the vehicle or any trace of the kidnapper.
Local media in Changchun broadcast live coverage of the search as police urged the public to call in with any tips and to help track down the thief-turned-kidnapper.