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US woman’s corpse found in container in Taiwan’s Taichung port

A woman's corpse was found in a container in Taiwan’s Taichung port on 16 November.

Due to a stench emanating from the container at berth 32, port workers opened the purportedly empty box, and made the gruesome discovery. The police were notified around 3 pm (local time).

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the heavily decomposed corpse, which had no noticeable injuries. One jacket, one backpack and one wallet were found alongside the corpse.

Identification documents found in the wallet indicate that the deceased is a 41-year-old American from the US state of Kansas, and the US authorities have been informed.

The container had been used to ship goods to Los Angeles in early October, arrived back in Taichung on 22 October, and was indicated in customs documents as being empty.

Taiwanese police said that its Interpol unit is attempting to contact the deceased’s next-of-kin and has informed the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy on the island.

Martina Li
Asia Correspondent

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