Police have launched an investigation after a couple was found dead at their home in western New Territories on Thursday, in what is believed to be a case of joint suicide.
According to Apple Daily, the incident took place in an apartment at a private housing estate on Shap Pat Heung Road in Yuen Long.
In the flat, a man, 42, had been living with his wife, who was aged 39, and two children — a 16-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter — as well as a foreign domestic helper.
Late Wednesday night, the mother is said to have given her daughter a sealed plastic bag, telling the girl that she would find some solutions within the bag if something were to happen to the family.
The daughter didn’t give much thought to the strange words at that time, and didn’t feel alarmed.
On Thursday, when the girl and her brother returned from school in the afternoon, they found their parents’ bedroom still closed. They didn’t suspect anything initially.
But when the son found his parents’ room locked and nobody responded even though he knocked at the door, and also noticed that both their father and mother were not answering their mobile phones despite repeated calls, he became suspicious and called the police for help at around 8 pm.
Police arrived at the scene with firemen and broke open the door of the bedroom that had been locked from inside.
Entering the room, they saw the couple lying dead on the bed. Officers found a pot of burnt charcoal in the room and a death note beside the bodies, leading to suspicions of suicide.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the couple had been engaged in a frozen meat business. Police believe the suspected suicide may have something to do with the closure of the business several months ago.
Investigations are continuing.
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