Dang Van Hung, the suspect in the murder of four members of a family in Yen Bai Province, in a photo supplied by the police
Police in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai are searching for a suspect in the murder of four members of a family deep in the forest.
Colonel Dang Tran Chieu, head of the provincial Police Department, told local media on Thursday that police have identified the suspect based on a phone call of one of the victims to her relatives right before being killed.
Dang Van Hung, a 26-year-old Dao ethnic man, allegedly killed the four victims with a knife.
The murder occurred at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday on a field in a rural village in Van Yen District.
The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Tran Van Long, his 20-year-old wife Phan Thi Hoa, their two-year-old son Tran Van Tuyen and Hoa's 15-year-old sister, Phan Thi Ha.
The suspect and an unidentified woman fled the crime scene to a forest, police said.
Long and his family were staying in a makeshift house on the field when the murder took place, according to police.
Hoa reportedly called her parents saying her husband was being attacked by Hung and then hung up. Her parents could not reach her later.
Her parents came to the makeshift house and found the bodies.
Police found the dead bodies of the couple on the field some two kilometers from the house.
Police said there had been a conflict between Long and the suspect over their farming land.
Colonel Chieu reportedly said early this morning local police started all access to the forest where they believed the suspect was hiding.