A man and woman in their early 20s, believed to be a couple, were found dead in a Tung Chung home Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the incident as a suspected murder-suicide.
Officers and firefighters broke into an apartment in Mun Tung Estate after a friend called police and said she had not been able to contact the man, who was suicidal.
The man was found dead in the bathroom, where he had hung himself, while the woman was lying on a bed unresponsive.
Marks on the woman’s wrists and neck suggest that she was tied up and strangled.
The man was a part-time chef and the woman was a student at a higher education institute. Both were 22 years old.
A suicide note at the scene, believed to have been written by the man, indicated that he was unhappy with his life and had suicidal thoughts.
According to police, the pair in an online gaming group in 2019. On Saturday, the woman left home on Saturday to meet the man, and together they visited a gaming center in Mong Kok.
The woman’s family members filed a missing person report on Monday as she did not return home and could not be contacted.
Her sister also posted on social media that she had disappeared, according to HK01. On Facebook, she wrote that her sister was last seen wearing a purple t-shirt and black shorts, and that she was at a gaming center in Mong Kok at 7:45 pm on Saturday.
Chue Chin-pang, assistant district commander for the Lantau district crime squad, said authorities will review the pair’s social media conversations and speak with their acquaintances to gather more information about their relationship and the reason for the suspected murder.
If you are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, please call the Samaritans’ 24-hour hotline at 2896 0000 for help.