A Spate of Female Missing and Murder Cases in China in 2014

By Yang Yifan
Yang Yifan
Yang Yifan
January 24, 2015 Updated: January 26, 2015

Since last summer, a spate of female missing and murder cases in China has prompted widespread concern. Some attribute the trend to the general decline in morality in China and some netizens have posted some tips for women to regain a sense of security. Here is a short summary of recent female missing and murder cases in the country.

A young woman, Wu Jingjing in Hangzhou City was reported missing after taking a taxi in front of the Hangzhou Peace Hotel on Dec. 11, 2:00 a.m. Eastday.com reported on Dec. 18. Prior to the incident, she was eating and drinking with her friends, but she insisted on going home on her own by taxi. At approximately 2 p.m., on Dec. 16, a female corpse was found in the Dongxin River on the west side of the Wal-Mart on Xiangjisi Road in Hangzhou City. The body was confirmed to be that of Wu Jingjing. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Many netizens are recommending women not to talk to strangers.

A 25-year-old woman surnamed Wu in Zhejiang Province’s Jinhua City wanted to attend her friend’s wedding on Nov. 16, but she disappeared on her way to her friend’s place on the evening of Nov. 15. On Nov. 19, Jinhua police confirmed Wu was murdered. The two taxi drivers who raped and killed her have been apprehended.

A 23-year-old senior at Henan University, Zhang Linlin, left her home for school in Zhangdingban Village, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province on Sept. 2 with 15,000 yuan, but she disappeared on her way to school. On Sept. 5, police confirmed that she was robbed and murdered. The suspect has been arrested, according to Chinese state-media reports.

A 19-year-old sophomore at Sichuan Normal University, Zeng Lijun, went missing on Sept. 1 on her way to the Guanghan campus, when she was transferring from a bus to Chengdu from a station Bazhong City, in Nanjiang County, Sichuan Province.

A woman in Beijing went to Jinan to visit a female colleague on Aug. 29. Both she and her colleague’s husband went missing together afterwards. At 11 a.m. on Sept. 3, a dead body was found on the bank of the Xiaoqing River in Jinan. The female body was identified by her family members.

A 20-year-old female college student surnamed Wang, from Yuhang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province was reported missing on the morning of Aug. 29 on her way to her part-time job. Her body was found in a puddle in the nearby bamboo forest.

A female university student took an unlicensed taxi at Jinan Railway Station on Aug. 21. The driver kidnapped and detained her for four days. The woman escaped after being beaten and raped repeatedly.

On Aug. 15 three female college students travelled from Hunan Province’s Hengyang City to Shandong Province, taking more than 40,000 yuan for tuition. They went missing on Aug. 27.

A sophomore student Gao Qiuyi, who lived in Jiangsu Province’s Nanjing City, was reported missing on her way from Suzhou City to her university on Aug. 12. Later sources confirmed that Gao was robbed and killed. A suspect has been arrested.

A female university student Gao Yu was murdered in Chongqing City on the afternoon of Aug. 9 after she took an unlicensed taxi.

This recent spate of missing and murdered women has become a heated topic online. Many netizens are recommending women not to talk to strangers. Among other netizens, one suggested to women, “Not to expose money, not stay outdoors alone at night, not take unlicensed taxis, and not go to places where there are very few people around.”

Netizens also concluded that young women should not wear extravagant clothes, and should not carry too much money with them.

Other netizens also expressed that people have totally lost their sense of security and that the sense of morality in China has declined to the lowest level. Some lawyers also commented that the spate of female missing cases is one of the chaotic phenomena resulting from the Chinese Communist regime’s authoritarian system.

Translated by Billy Shiyu. Read the original Chinese article here.

Yang Yifan