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Four women held in ‘corpse-in-concrete’ alleged murder case in southern Vietnam

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:46 GMT+7
Four women held in ‘corpse-in-concrete’ alleged murder case in southern Vietnam
Three of the four women being held are seen in this photo combination.

Four women were temporarily taken into custody late Friday night for their alleged involvement in the death of two men, whose bodies were found hidden inside a house in the southern province of Binh Duong earlier this week.

Binh Duong police started hunting for the four suspects on Friday and managed to put them in temporarily detention just before midnight the same day, according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The four were nabbed in front of a residential area in the provincial town of Thu Dau Mot, when they were arriving at the place on a seven-seater car.

The four and the vehicle were taken to the police station at around 3:30 am on Saturday.

Three of the women were identified as Trinh Thi Hoang Hoa, 66, Pham Thi Thien Ha, 33, and Le Phu Hanh, 54. Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper said Hoa and Ha is a mother and daughter living in Ho Chi Minh City, whereas Hanh resides in Thu Dau Mot.

The residential area where the four women had been hiding.  Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre
The residential area where the four women had been hiding. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

The women are held for allegedly being involved in the murder and body tampering of two men in the province’s Bau Bang District.

The two bodies were discovered by a man who moved into his newly bought house in Bau Bang District on Wednesday night.

One of the corpses was found buried in a concrete-filled barrel, while the other, wrapped with tapes, was dumped into another water container filled with used tea leaves at the same residence.

Police officers say an autopsy result has confirmed that both were men, between 30 and 35 years old. Evidence has also indicated that the two men had been dead for many days, with stabbing and strangling signs found on their bodies.

The house in Bau Bang had been rented to different tenants before it was sold to the man who discovered the bodies.

People break the concrete-filled barrel to retrieve the body. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre
People break the concrete-filled barrel to retrieve the body. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

The four women currently in custody were held as “they were present at the [rented] house at the time the bodies allegedly emerged,” Tran Van Chinh, deputy director of the Binh Duong police department, told Tuoi Tre on Saturday morning.

“We are investigating to verify their specific roles in the case.”

A source with knowledge of the matter said the four women had been hiding in a hotel inside the residential area in Thu Dau Mot, before they attempted to leave as news of the ‘corpse-in-concrete’ case began to spread.

A hotel staff realized that four of his guests and their vehicle match the information police had been seeking, and decided to provide a tip-off to law enforcement, leading to the timely detention of the suspects.

People living near the house where the bodies were unearthed confirmed that the four women had lived there for a while. They paid the rents in advance and never contacted anyone in the neighborhood.

Some men occasionally visited the women at their house during their stay here, according to locals. The two barrels with the corpses inside are believed to appear in the house only after the women terminated their rent contract and moved out, they added.

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