Bali Hotel Horror Unfolds: Authorities suspect murder-suicide in deaths of Chinese couple in Jimbaran

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On May 1, two Chinese tourists were found dead at the InterContinental Hotel in Jimbaran. The woman was found naked in her own blood in the bathtub of room 4223, while the man was also found in a gruesome bloody state on the floor of the hotel corridor. 

Questions lingered behind the mysterious deaths.

After weeks of investigation, authorities are now suspecting murder-suicide. Police say Cheng Jianan, 22, was tragically murdered by her 25-year-old partner, Li Chiming, before he took his own life.

Denpasar Police Chief Bambang Yugo Pamungkas in a press conference on Wednesday that no DNA evidence suggesting the presence of a third party was found at the scene.

“The woman was wounded to death by [Li Chiming],” he said, citing CCTV footage and forensic reports as evidence.

Bambang revealed that Li Chiming strangled and drowned Cheng Jianan in the bathtub in the early hours of May 1. After he killed her, Li Chiming ended his own life using a shattered beer bottle.

It was suspected that the couple had engaged in a heated argument, which likely led to physical assault, the day before the murder-suicide.

Reports say that Li Chiming had also checked in at Hotel Maison Sanur on April 29. On April 30, a hotel employee said they noticed blood on one of his hands, which he had wrapped with a towel. When asked about it, Li Chiming said that he got into a fight with his girlfriend. 

Lhi Chiming then went to InterContinental on the evening of April 30 before carrying out the alleged murder-suicide.

Bambang said the authorities are still trying to determine the exact argument between the pair.

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