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Lancy Hu's body found in suitcase, husband charged with murder

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The body of 27-year-old Lancy (Yating)  Hu, a young Burnaby mother who went missing in July, has been found stuffed in a suitcase. On August 27, boaters had come across a suitcase floating in the Fraser River near Steveston.

Hu leaves behind two young children, and her husband, 35-year-old Zhongming (James) Mou has been charged  with first degree murder.

The estranged husband, who was reported to be abusive, was not initially charged with murder, but police found that Mou had given falser reports during the investigation. 
Several aspects about this story are deeply disturbing. Hu's husband was initially not a suspect in the investigation. She had consulted her parents about being verbally and physically abused by her husband since they married in 2003, and was seeking a divorce.

How could police rule out the most obvious suspect?

Also troubling is the fact Hu's two young children, both under five years old, were taken to live with the father during the investigation.

Described as a "vibrant, outgoing person who was a loving mother of her two young sons", Hu is described as a caring mother. Her father, a police officer in China, said he knew that his daughter was having serious marital problems.
Her mother, Yan Yu Xiao and father, Mu Ming Hu, had flown over from China to plead to the public for information about their daughter in August.
Read more details here.
 

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