Hong Kong police are pressing their search for the body of an elderly woman after a suspect was charged with murder.
The man, described by investigators as a mainlander, is also facing several counts relating to obstruction, illegal entry and possession of fake identity documents, Apple Daily reports.
He was remanded in custody by a Kowloon magistrate’s court and ordered to return to stand trial on July 20.
The woman, surnamed Chan, was reported missing on May 3 by her son after she failed to return home from a dinner with him.
She was spotted by security cameras in the MTR Shek Kip Mei station on the night of May 1, investigators said.
Chan, 62, was wearing a black short-sleeved shirt, black pants and black shoes.
It was her first day as a security guard on a Sham Shui Po construction site, according to a co-worker who relieved Chan at the end of her shift at 7 p.m.
Investigators said she was last seen entering a building in Sham Shui Po.
On May 14, police carried out a door-to-door sweep of the building and arrested a man who was trying to flee from a subdivided flat through a window.
They found traces of human blood in the flat which was subsequently confirmed to have come from the victim.
The suspect was later identified as a 49-year-old former butcher, surnamed Ngan, whose ex-wife was a distant relative of Chan’s.
He was initially held on suspicion of breaking and entering and possession of fake documents before police brought the additional charge of murder on the basis of forensic evidence.
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