A 24-year-old Malaysian student in Taiwan, identified as Tsai, was found dead with signs of strangling in her Dadong Road apartment in Taipei City’s Shilin district on Thursday (13 October). She was from Serdang, Selangor, and she travelled to Taiwan to study communications at Ming Chuan University.
According to Liberty Times, she was found dead by a man, known as Chen, who claimed to be Tsai’s boyfriend and later confessed that he murdered her.
The initial police investigations found that Tsai recently suspended her tertiary studies at the final year and started working as a model, amassing over 1,000 followers on Instagram.
It is reported that Tsai and Chen first contacted each other through Instagram five or six days before the alleged murder occurred.
On the same day, Chen contacted his parents to tell them of his suicidal thoughts. The parents immediately notified the police who proceeded to his residence in New Taipei’s Yingge district.
However, Chen did not respond to the officer who knock on his door, leading to the parent requesting additional police aid.
At 5 pm that day, the police received information that Chen overdosed on over-the-counter medication and confessed to first responders that he had strangled a woman on Dadong Road, before passing out.
His confession prompted the police to check on Tsai. After obtaining the landlord’s permission to open the door, they found Tsai’s body there, with evident signs of strangulation on her neck.
Meanwhile, Sin Chew reported that Tsai’s family is on the way to Taiwan to arrange her funeral, but they requested privacy during these difficult times.
The Taipei police said that the investigation is still ongoing and that they will question Chen after he regains full consciousness.