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Police hope reward will solve murder mystery

POLICE in central China are offering a reward of 500,000 yuan (US$73,205) to anyone who can help them solve the mystery slaying of eight people in December 2007.

Police in Huanggang City, Hubei Province, announced details of the reward on Monday, Wuhan-based newspaper Chutian Jinbao reported yesterday.

The December 26 attacks in 2007 killed Wang Shishu, who ran a lime factory in Hong'an County, his wife, his cousin's family and three factory workers.

Police said the attacker wore a pair of EU-size 40 leather shoes and stood about 170 centimeters tall.

He had to have been strong and to have visited Wang's factory several times and to have known the victims, police said. The victims were discovered the next day by a factory worker, Wang Fahua, and his uncle.

Six were found dead in a bedroom with their bedding untouched, which indicated they were killed before falling asleep.

Wang Shishu's wife, Chen Xiaorun, was found lying in a pool of blood near the factory gate with her throat slashed.

The body of another victim and a motorcycle were found in a ditch beside a road near the factory.

Four of the eight victims were aged over 60.

The youngest victim, Wu Liangbo, the son of Wang Shishu's cousin, was killed just five days before his 10th birthday.

Wu Xiaofa, 33, Wang Shishu's cousin-in-law, was killed when he returned to the factory, which was far away from homes and 500 meters from a noisy cement plant.

Wang Shishu reportedly had 15,000 yuan in cash stolen six weeks before the attack and other residents had complained about thefts.


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