Hong Kong model butchered over money dispute; ex-husband’s family among 4 arrested

The remains of murdered Hong Kong influencer Abby Choi were found in a village house set up as a butchery site.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police have made four arrests over the gruesome murder of a 28-year-old model. She was dismembered after a financial dispute with her ex-husband’s family, authorities said on Saturday (Feb 25).

Hong Kong model butchered over money dispute; ex-husband's family among 4 arrested

Police said the partial remains of influencer Abby Choi were found in a village house set up as a butchery site. (Photo: Instagram/xxabbyc, South China Morning Post/Dickson Lee)

The partial remains of well-known influencer Abby Choi, who last week appeared on the digital cover of fashion magazine L’Officiel Monaco, were found in a village house set up as a butchery site, police said.

“We are still looking for the head,” superintendent Alan Chung told reporters, after disclosing that a woman’s limbs had been discovered inside a refrigerator.

The house was equipped with an electric saw and a meat grinder that had been used to mince human flesh, Chung said.

“Two pots of stew believed to contain human tissue” were left at the scene, he added.

Choi’s ex-husband has reportedly been arrested, according to the South China Morning Post, which cited a source saying he was possibly looking to flee by speedboat.

Police earlier arrested his father, mother and elder brother. They will face murder charges.

“We believe the victim and her ex-husband’s family had many financial disputes involving huge sums,” Chung said.

“Someone was dissatisfied with how the victim handled her assets, which became a motive to kill.”

Police search Tseung Kwan O cemetery for evidence. (Photo: South China Morning Post/Yik Yeung-man)

Choi was first reported missing on Wednesday.

She was allegedly last seen by her ex-husband’s brother, who also worked as her chauffeur. According to the South China Morning Post, the two were believed to be heading to pick up her daughter. She was reported missing after she did not collect the child.

Police said the family had earlier lied to mislead investigators.

The village house where Choi’s remains were found had been recently rented and was unfurnished – suggesting it was set up to dispose of her body, said superintendent Chung.

According to the Post, Choi’s former father-in-law is believed to be the mastermind of the murder as he was unhappy over her handling of a luxury property in the exclusive Kadoorie Hill neighbourhood in Ho Man Tin.

The report added that divers have been deployed to search for missing body parts at a water catchment area at Tseung Kwan O cemetery.

Source: Agencies/at

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