Police have charged two people on suspicion over the Annabelle Chen murder, in which the body was found stuffed in a suitcase that was dumped in the Swan River.
The Mosman Park woman was murdered in July but the detectives only formally charged the suspects on Wednesday. Major Crime Squad detectives arrested and charged a 68-year-old and a 25-year-old for the incident. WA Police refused bail to the pair. The duo is expected to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Chen’s body was recovered from the Aqua Rama Marina in East Fremantle where a local fisherman pulled the suitcase onto his boat on July 2. When the body was found, it was half-naked and there were several injuries all over her body.
At that point, the identity of the dead body was not revealed. Police have released digital images to make sure some information could be gathered and the woman could be identified. The officers also requested the public to participate in the process. Police, however, had been undergoing the investigation for a long time. It was only earlier in September when her daughter based in Melbourne filed a missing complaint. This was when the police found that the dead body was of Chen.
According to reports, the 57-year-old victim was a divorcee who lived in Meath Mews in Mosman Park. Inside the suitcase in which Chen’s body was stuffed, some green ceramic tiles having a flowery pattern were seen. The same were found in the river near the Freemantle Traffic Bridge as well.
Annabelle Chen went missing after being seen last by her daughter on June 30. The ABC mentioned that it was in 1999 when she arrived in Perth. She was a wealthy and spiritual person with an immense interest in art. She was an Aussie who spoke several languages, including Cantonese and Mandarin.