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Hong Kong model Abby Choi was reportedly murdered—and cut into pieces—amid a financial dispute with her ex-husband and his family.
Police have arrested Alex Kwong, who they said was trying to flee the city by boat. His brother and parents had also been held for questioning as authorities still look for Choi's remaining body parts.
Here are the available details so far about the gruesome crime.
Choi, 28, was first reported missing on Feb. 22, Wednesday. Citing an insider, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported the police suspected that before she went missing, her ex-brother-in-law, who worked as her driver, went to her home to meet her in the exclusive Kadoorie Hill neighborhood in Ho Man Tin district.
They were supposed to pick up Choi's daughter with Kwong.
That, however, didn't happen.
Officers reached out to Kwang and his family as Choi was reported missing. They said Choi was last seen wearing a white shirt, white trousers, and white slippers. She was also carrying a purple handbag.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, police held a press conference, saying they found Choi's body parts in a rental unit in Tai Po district on Friday, Feb. 24. They also found a meat slicer, an electric saw, and two pots of stew which supposedly contained human tissue.
"We believe the victim and her ex-husband's family had many financial disputes involving huge sums," Agence France-Presse quoted Superintendent Alan Chung as saying. "Someone was dissatisfied with how the victim handled her assets, which became a motive to kill."
Chung said the killing was "premeditated" and "well-planned," with the three-storey house, rented by Kwang's father, being "carefully prepared" as a place to cut up the body.
Instead of being a furnished home, the place barely had furniture; police only found a couch and table inside. Its two bedrooms were also empty.
SCMP reported police found body parts, including two legs of a female, inside the refrigerator.
“We are still looking for the head, the torso, and hands, which we believed were disposed of," SCMP quoted Chung as saying.
Aside from the meat slicer, electric saw, and pots, police also found two types of chopper, a hammer, face shields, black raincoats, and Choi's purple handbag.
“The suspects covered the walls of the flat with a sail," Chung said, "and they put on face shields and raincoats so that they would not get bloodstained by dismembering the body."
Choi was said to be the daughter-in-law of the founder of the restaurant chain TamJai Yunnan Mixian.
Boasting over 100,000 Instagram followers, she just appeared on the digital cover of fashion magazine L'Officiel Monaco last week. The magazine noted how Choi amassed fans worldwide due to her eye for style and her ability to mix and match pieces in unexpected ways.