November 1, 2008
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The decomposing body of Chen (Anthony) Liu (27) is discovered
Updated November 1, 2020. Additional information added.
Liu’s decomposing body was found wrapped in plastic, wire, and an extension cord when it was discovered by two children, ages 9 and 14, as their family were canoeing in the Georges River. Reportedly, the body “smelt a bit” and “some water came out of it and some blood came out of it,” according to the children. The boys informed their parents of the discovery who then alerted police.
The cause of Liu’s death was immediately clear: he had been shot with a nail gun at close range, and had 34 nails embedded in his skull and neck. Liu had arrived in Australia in 2000, and had been reported missing the year before his body’s discovery.
As of November 2019, Liu’s murder remains unsolved. The police have asked for any information to be directed to Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000. Police are especially interested in anyone who may have seen Liu’s blue 2005 Range Rover Sport on or around October 19, 2008, either in Rockdale or Cornells Point (both suburbs of Sydney). It is suspected Liu’s body was transported to the river in his vehicle.
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