“We’ll have to examine the remains in the Coroner’s lab before we can tell you anything”. Just then someone spoke from the depths of the dumpster. Jacky had not even been aware that there were people inside it.
“Found something,” said one of Peter Leung’s men. He held up a large evidence bag containing what looked like the lower part of a leg. “There’s a lot of blood and some liquid but we don’t know whether it’s related to the case or something that leaked from a rubbish bag”.
“Take samples of everything,” said Peter. Then he added, “In fact, take the whole bloody dumpster back to the lab”.
His assistant groaned at the thought of a foul-smelling dumpster in the sanitised confines of the coroner’s lab but he wasn’t about to argue.
Thankful for an excuse to leave the horrible remains of the woman Jacky turned to the figure of Lo Geet. “What’s her story,” he said.
“We don’t know for sure but I’m guessing that the old girl was rummaging in the dumpster and found the corpse. The shock must have been too much for her. According to her ID, she was 84. Judging by her appearance I’d say she’d had a hard life”.
At that point, a Sergeant from the local team approached with his notebook. He waited until he had Jacky’s attention and said, “We know from the person who found her that she scavenges these dumpsters almost every day. She lives in a shelter nearby”.
Jacky asked the man to put everything he had in an evidence bag and give it to one of his men. The police photographers were taking pictures from all angles and other officers were walking amongst the bystanders to ask if anyone had seen anything. Then Peter Leung’s men were carefully bagging the remains of the woman.
“I’ll give you an interim report on our findings as quickly as possible,” said Peter.
“Give me a call and I’ll come to you,” replied Jacky.
He told his men to remain with the local officers and collect all the evidence and statements they were able to take and bring everything back to him at the Kwun Tong station. He left the crime scene with Peter.
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The Featured photo is by Mark Dumont – Flickr: There Be Dragons, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25935468