The Hanoi Procuracy has returned the case file of the death of a cosmetic surgery customer last year to local police for a re-investigation after a headless body collected last month from a river in the capital has been confirmed as her remains.
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The Hanoi Procuracy has returned the case file of the death of a cosmetic surgery customer last year to local police for a re-investigation after a headless body collected last month from a river in the capital has been confirmed as her remains. Police will re-investigate the case at the request of the prosecutor’s office as the corpse of the woman, Le Thi Thanh Huyen, was finally found after nine months of search by authorities and her family, VnExpress newswire quoted a senior colonel from the Hanoi Police Department as saying at a press conference on Wednesday. Huyen’s body will provide important evidence for police to review charges against Doctor Nguyen Manh Tuong, 41, and his accomplice, Dao Quang Khanh, an 18-year-old security guard at his salon. Both of the men admitted to throwing the woman’s corpse into the Hong (Red) River on October 19, 2013 after she died post-surgery at the doctor’s Cat Tuong beauty salon located in Hai Ba Trung District.
After the body was found on July 18 this year by local residents, police took a sample from it for DNA testing and the result showed that the DNA sample was identical to those taken from Huyen’s parents and daughter, police said. Police emphasized that this DNA test result serves as crucial evidence pressing news charges against Dr. Tuong and Khanh. They had earlier charged Dr. Tuong with “breaching regulations on medical examination and treatment, drug production, preparations, supply and sale or other medical services” and “interfering with human corpses, graves, and/or remains.”
Meanwhile, Khanh had been indicted for “interfering with human corpses, graves, and/or remains” and “stealing property.” Currently, police are taking many measures to determine the cause of Huyen’s death, said Colonel Nguyen Van Vien, Chief of the Secretariat of the Hanoi Police Department. When asked about the rumor that concrete blocks were found inside Huyen’s body, Colonel Vien said the body was strongly decomposing when it was recovered.
At that time, police took a sample for testing but did not determine whether there was any concrete inside the corpse, the official added.
Police are also probing whether Huyen’s head was cut off before her body was thrown into the river. According to the case file, thirty minutes after experiencing aesthetic operations performed by Dr. Tuong from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm October 19, 2013, Huyen had difficulty breathing and started foaming at the mouth. Dr. Tuong gave her an injection and she appeared to recover. But at 5:45 pm, Huyen’s body suddenly turned blue and her blood pressure could not be measured.
The doctor then put Huyen on a respirator and gave her a cardiotonic but could not save her. Dr. Tuong and Khanh then carried Huyen’s body in a car to Thanh Tri Bridge and threw it into the Hong River. After arresting the two men, police also found Khanh having stolen an iPhone 5 from the woman. The Hanoi People’s Court opened a trial for the two defendants on April 14, 2014 but postponed it the same day and returned the case file to the investigation agency for clarification of some professional issues related to the woman’s death.