A total of seven human skeletons have been found at a local house in the southern Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh after two others had been discovered in the yard of another, with one house owner claiming her late husband had bought them many years ago.
According to preliminary information, Dinh Van Phong, a resident in Phuoc Thanh Commune, Go Dau District, burned garbage in his yard, located behind a rubber tree plantation, on Wednesday afternoon.
The next morning, Phong returned to the burn site and noticed a suitcase containing two human skeletons, at which point he chose to call police.
|Police officers examine the skeletons in Tay Ninh Province on January 9, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre Contributor|
After Phong’s notification, local authorities initiated an investigation and eventually happened on seven other similar skeletons being stored inside plastic bags at the home of Cao Thi Cam Van, Phong’s neighbor.
During a working session with police officers, Van, 63, stated that her husband, Dinh Van Xuong, who had passed away 11 months ago, had bought the skeletons approximately five or six years prior.
Van said Xuong had told her somebody wanted to buy a skeleton for VND100 million (US$4,300), so he decided to purchase several skeletons with the intention of reselling them.
The woman, however, does not know from whom and how much Xuong bought the skeletons.
|The house of Cao Thi Cam Van where seven skeletons were found on January 9, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
Prior to his passing, Xuong told Van where he had been keeping the skeletons, so that she could sell them if anyone wanted to buy.
Van asserted that she had only found two skeletons and had no idea about the other seven.
About four months ago, she decided to get rid of the two skeletons by throwing them into an empty pond near Phong’s house.
A police investigation into the case is ongoing.
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