Two arms, and other pieces of flesh and bone from a child were discovered at a garbage disposal site in Chengguan District, Yangwagou area in Lanzhou City. The remains had been cooked before they were discarded. The body parts were mixed with condiments including raw ginger and pepper.
According to Lanzhou Morning News , at about 10 a.m. on April 3, 2006, several employees at a garbage disposal site noticed two arms in a white plastic bag while disposing they were disposing trash. The employees called the police immediately.
A reporter from the Lanzhou Morning News rushed to the scene. He found a huge disposal site filled with all sorts of rubbish. The plastic bag containing the body parts was sitting amongst other rubbish on the northwest part of the disposal site. No other body parts of the dismembered child were found.
Investigators held that the child, aged between five and eight, was killed before being dismembered and boiled. The gender of the child could not be discerned. It was estimated that the child's death occurred sometime within the last week.
The disposal site in Yangwagou mainly handles garbage from Donggang and Yantan in Chengguan District, several hospitals in Heping Township in Yuzhong County, the Chengguan District Street Maintenance Department, and several other government agencies. Authorities are seeking leads throughout the Lanzhou area, which is the provincial capital of Gansu.
The discovery of the child happened just a few days after 121 skulls were found in the Dawankou area in Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County, Gansu Province. The skulls showed evidence that they had been severed from the bodies before being hidden.