Police in Ho Chi Minh City named the alleged lover and brother-in-law of a woman as the prime suspect in her grizzly murder.
Dang Van Tuan, 44, reportedly confessed to the killing after being hospitalized under police supervision with a pair of slashed wrists wrists on Wednesday morning.
It is not yet clear who inflicted them.
As of press time, a team of police divers are attempting to recover the woman's severed head around the Lo Gom Bridge in District 6.
Tuan reportedly told them that's where he tried to get rid of it.
Police said they caught up with Tuan this morning at his house in an alley off of Vo Van Kiet (a.k.a the East West Highway) in District 1.
Residents in a nearby alley summoned them after discovering two sacks containing the dismembered body of a local woman identified only as B.T.H.
Police say the body was identified as the 39-year-old wife of Tuan’s younger brother.
Tuan had admitted to killing the woman.
The police have sent divers to recover her head as Tuan said he tossed it down Lo Gom bridge in District 6.
Her body was discovered at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday while a street sweeper was collecting garbage in the area.
She called neighbors to her aid after noticing blood flowing from the sacks.
A local man dragged the sacks out of the alley onto the highway and called the police.
A task force led be Phan Anh Minh, deputy director of Ho Chi Minh City Police, arrived at around 8:40am and took the body away for forensic tests.
Police search the house of Dang Van Tuan, 44, in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2014. Tuan has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering his sister-in-law. Neighbors say the two were engaged in an illicit affair. Photo: Thanh Van
Nguyen Van Phung, Tuan’s neighbor, allegedly reported him to the police.
Phung said he had seen Tuan carrying two big stinking sacks away from his home at 3 a.m.
The neighbor did not bother to notify police until word of the street sweeper's grizzly discovery spread through the alley.
Tuan’s neighbors said he lived with his brother and H. and usually threw his brother out to play husband and wife with H.
Tuan returned home a year ago after serving jail time for drug trafficking.
Once home, he took up work as a xe om (motorbike taxi) driver, the neighbors said, adding that they recently quarreled.