Suspect in murder of street vendor found dead in Taichung mountain

The suspect in the fatal shooting of a street food vendor in Taichung last week has been found dead in a mountainous area of the city, police said Saturday.

The partly decomposed body of the 41-year old suspect was found on a mountain slope in Taiping District on Friday, Lin Ming-tso (???), commander of the Taichung's Criminal Investigation Corps, said at a press conference.

The suspect, identified only by the surname Lin (?), allegedly shot a 36-year-old food vendor in the city's Tanzi District on July 24, according to Taichung police.

Footage from roadside surveillance cameras showed Lin jumping into a vehicle and fleeing the scene shortly after the man was shot at his food stand, police said.

The victim, identified by the surname Tseng (?), had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital early the next morning, police said.

Lin's vehicle was found ditched on the side of a mountain road in Taiping that same day, July 25, police said.

On Friday, a partly decomposed body was found on a mountainside in Taiping, next to a handgun, a stash of 41 bullets, and a bag that contained medicine and other items, police said.

DNA testing later confirmed that the body was that of Lin, police said, adding that forensic experts are still trying to determine the cause of death.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel