A woman and her young son were found dead in a private vehicle in Sha Tin on Tuesday in a case that the police have classified as ‘murder-suicide”.
According to the police, at around 11 pm on Monday they received a call from an elderly woman who said her daughter and her grandson were missing from their village house in Ma On Shan.
The lady said she was worried as she had found several suicide notes.
After conducting a search operation, police found the missing persons inside a locked vehicle parked near the intersection of On Yiu Street and On Sum Street in Sha Tin.
Officers broke open a window of the 7-seater van to gain access to the occupants, who were lying unconscious, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
They were both certified dead at the scene by paramedics who were called to the scene.
A metal container with burnt charcoal was found inside the van, prompting the police to believe that the woman may have forced the boy to die with her by inhaling toxic fumes.
The case has been listed as murder-suicide, and an investigation is underway.
Police confirmed the identities of the dead, with the woman said to be aged 45 and her son, 9.
Post-mortem examinations would be needed to conducted later to officially ascertain the cause of their deaths.
According to a police source, the woman may have been depressed as her husband had taken his own life last month following the failure of his business.
Missing her husband, the woman may have decided to end her own life as well as that of her young son.
Following the tragedy, police called on members of the public to cherish life and to seek help when confronted with problems.
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