HONG KONG, CHINA — In the latest development of the tragic murder of Abby Choi Tin-fung, the police have found her missing severed head in one of two large pots containing soup and human remains at the same village house where her legs were discovered in Lung Mei Village.
Earlier, two large pots of soup mixed with human tissue were found in the house, with almost full contents and containing a significant amount of minced meat.
The police reportedly said that they did not carry out any inspection of the items at the site to preserve evidence, and transported the pots to a mortuary for further inspection.
The head of the 28-year-old socialite was found in one of the large soup pots, initially believed to be intact, but it appeared that someone had tried to crush it.
Superintendent Alan Chung of the Kowloon West regional crime unit said to local media on Sunday evening that Choi’s former husband, Alex Kwong Kong-chi, 28, his father, and older brother were charged with murder on Sunday. Kwong’s mother was charged with perverting the course of justice. All four will appear in Kowloon City Court on Monday.
Chung added that a fifth suspect had been arrested in connection with the case and believes that all the suspects involved in the murder case have been arrested.
He said the fifth suspect was the lover of Choi’s former father-in-law and was accused of renting the ground-floor flat of the house in Lung Mei Tsuen with him.
Chung said it was not yet known if she was aware of the murder. The 47-year-old woman was also suspected of helping Kwong evade police, he said.
He said that Choi had been attacked in a seven-seater vehicle, which was found to have blood spatters inside. He also said that forensic experts believe a hole measuring 6.5cm by 5.5cm found at the back of the skull could have been the fatal blow.
A search for the rest of Choi’s missing remains was earlier conducted at the Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in Tseung Kwan O, where some of her body parts are believed to have been disposed of. The 65-year-old father-in-law of Choi reportedly drove a 7-seater vehicle to the cemetery earlier, but as no new discovery was found, the police suspended the search operation on the evening of 26 February.
Police will continue the search for other missing body parts, including her torso and hands.
Police uncovers homicide after investigations
On the morning of 22 February, Choi was reported missing after she failed to pick up the child she had with her husband.
According to authorities, she had last been seen on 21 February. An investigation was launched, and suspicions were raised about the circumstances of her disappearance.
The Kowloon Crime Squad took over the case and conducted a thorough examination of the victim’s background.
They interviewed a private driver who claimed to have been the last person to see Choi alive, who happened to be her ex-husband’s brother.
As part of their investigation, the police also met with Choi’s ex-husband’s parents and attempted to locate the ex-husband himself as he went on the run.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Choi had been involved in a significant financial dispute with her ex-husband’s family. Some of the individuals involved in this dispute were dissatisfied with Choi’s management of certain properties worth tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars despite Choi’s plans to relocate her ex-husband’s family to another apartment after the sale.
According to the police, several persons of interest in the investigation provided misleading information in an attempt to obstruct the inquiry.
However, the police were able to decipher and analyze these false reports and eventually uncovered a village house unit in Lung Mei Village, Tai Po. This unit had been newly rented by Choi’s ex-husband’s father earlier in the month.
Chung earlier said that detectives executed a warrant on the afternoon of 24 February and forcibly entered the rented village house.
Upon searching the premises, they uncovered two female legs stored in the refrigerator. The police also uncovered a meat grinder, an electric saw, and two pots containing human tissue, alongside two types of meat cleavers, a hammer, face shields, and black raincoats at the Tai Po flat.
Additionally, the authorities discovered some of Choi’s personal effects, such as her pink Hermes bag, ID cards, and credit cards. They then concluded that Choi was the subject of a homicide.
The ex-husband was later caught by the police at the Tung Chung waterfront at around 1 pm on Saturday, where it was speculated that he was waiting for a speedboat to flee the city illegally.
Outpour of condolences to Choi
Choi was a wealthy Chinese socialite and influencer, married to the son of the founder of TamJai Yunnan Mixian.
Her present partner’s family has declined to speak about the incident, but sources have disclosed that her parents are also engaged in business in the Mainland.
Choi is often pictured with major celebrities from across the world, including rapper and producer Pharrell Williams and even appeared on the cover of the fashion magazine L’officiel earlier this month.
She said in an interview with the magazine that she was someone “who keeps absorbing inspiration and always tries new styles. Sometimes I also try to dress up more extravagantly, by missing and combining different looks”.
Her Instagram account has gained over 28,000 new followers —now 108,000—since the murder case came to light on Friday, with many expressing their heartfelt condolences for her tragic fate.