In Hong Kong, police have charged the ex-mother-in-law of a model whose body parts were found in a refrigerator and a skull in a dish.
HONG KONG — Police in Hong Kong have charged the ex-mother-in-law of a model and influencer with murder after her body parts were found in a refrigerator in a country house.
Hong Kong model Abby Choi’s ex-father-in-law and her eldest son have been charged with murder, while her ex-mother-in-law faces a charge of perverting the course of justice, police said in a statement on Sunday.
Authorities also arrested the woman’s ex-husband on Saturday and will charge him with murder Sunday night, Superintendent Alan Chung said. All four will appear in court on Monday.
The gruesome case came to light on Friday when police officials found Choi’s body, which had been missing for days, along with his identity card, credit cards and other belongings. The body was dismembered and the remains stored in a refrigerator in a rural village house in Tai Po, a suburb of Hong Kong near mainland China.
At a news conference Sunday, Chung said authorities found the skull of a young woman believed to be Choi’s in one of the cookware they seized, along with several ribs, hair and human remains. In another bin, forensic pathologists also found a small number of human bones, he added.
“There is a hole in the back of the right side of the skull, so the pathologist believes it must have been a fatal attack on the victim,” he said.
Chung said Choi was believed to have been hit by a car and passed out when she got home. Police are still trying to determine the time of death and identify his hands and torso.
On Sunday, police also arrested another woman, who they believe is the ex-husband’s father’s mistress for allegedly helping other suspects. Chung said she rented the house with her father and another place to hide her ex-husband.
Choi, 28, has had financial disputes involving tens of thousands of Hong Kong dollars with her ex-husband and his family, with Chung previously saying “some people” were unhappy with how Choi handled her financial assets.
Choi is a model and influencer who shares her glamorous photo shoots and fashion shows with over 100,000 followers. She wore a tulle floor-length gown at the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week.
Her last post was a week ago, featuring her photoshoot with fashion publication L’Officiel Monaco.
Wu reported from Taipei, Taiwan.