Taiwanese woman remains missing since visit to Hualien 1 year ago

Hualien,  A Taiwanese-American woman who was last seen during a visit to Hualien County in eastern Taiwan one year ago with her husband still has not been found, county police said Wednesday.

When Alice Ku (古雅芳), 38, was reported missing in late 2019, an investigation was immediately launched, but one year later, she still has not been located, the police said.

The county police said the Criminal Investigation Bureau informed them in early February that Ku had not been seen since she went on a tour of Hualien with her 61-year-old Canadian husband in November last year.

Suspecting that Ku may have been killed, her family reported the matter to American and Taiwanese authorities and also posted a missing person’s notice on social media, police said.

Ku’s family also thought it was very strange that her husband had returned to the United States without reporting to Taiwanese authorities that his wife had gone missing, police said.

According to a police investigation, the couple flew to Taiwan on Nov. 24 from San Francisco and went on a tour of Hsinchu, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Kenting.

On Nov. 28, they visited Hualien and checked into a hotel there, then they drove to Taroko National Park the next day and stayed until around 6 p.m., police said.

Based on surveillance camera footage, police said, they determined that the Canadian husband had returned the rented car to Kaohsiung on Nov. 30 and departed Taiwan alone the next day.

Staff members at the hotel in Hualien recalled that Ku and her husband checked out together and nothing appeared suspicious at the time, police said.

Meanwhile, the husband told American police that he and his wife had hired a tour guide named Jessica to drive them on the Taroko tour, according to Hualien police.

Lin Ming-feng (林明鋒), chief of Hualien’s Xincheng sub-police station, said that when local residents were questioned, however, no one could recall seeing the couple or the tour guide.

Lin said that since February, Hualien police have been searching for Ku in the Taroko Gorge and along the route she is believed to have taken, but she still has not been found.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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