DNA Helps Police Snatch Murderer on Eve of Release for Theft

Liangyungang DNA Murder

Police in Northern Jiangsu’s Lianyungang city have used DNA to find the culprit in a long standing murder and rape case right under their very nose, or bars, as it turns out. To be exact, the perpetrator of the 2002 crimes has been found hiding in plain sight, in a jail in Zhejiang province.

On 30th August 2002 in Lianyungang, 39 year-old Xu Mouzhen had what was to be her last quarrel with her family. Escaping the tense atmosphere at home, she took off to let her temper cool down, sitting alone by a bridge near the intersection of Nanji Nan Lu and Haining Lu. It was 8 pm.

Pan Mouwu was working at a construction site on the west side of the River Yan not far from this scene, and had just finished work when he came across Xu. During the struggle to resist the rape, Xu broke Pan’s arm. She was then strangled by Pan with his belt. Pan went on to dump her dead body in a nearby ditch.

The corpse was discovered at 7 the following morning. Investigating police took DNA samples and entered them into the national DNA database, looking for a match. Nothing turned up.

The limited DNA technology of the time meant that the case went unsolved, but remained open. The following year (2003), Pan and his wife went to work in Wenling City, Zhejiang Province. Pan had secured employment in a local supermarket, a job that would ultimately lead to his undoing.

Last summer (2017), Pan was caught by surveillance cameras committing theft from the supermarket, and was given an 8 month jail sentence.

The DNA obtained, and the superior related technology, would lead Zhejiang police to confirm Pan was also the perpetrator of additional rape case, committed back in 2003 upon his move to Wenling.

The Yangtze Evening Post reports that subsequent DNA matching between provincial police forces was able to put Pan at the scene of both the 2002 Lianyungang crimes.

Pan faces retrial for one count of murder and two counts of rape.

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Frank Hossack
Editor-in-chief and Music Critic, Frank Hossack, has been a radio host and producer for the past 34 years, the past 25 of which working in media in China, in the process winning four New York Festivals awards for his work, in the categories Best Top 40 Format, Best Editing, Best Director and Best Culture & The Arts. 贺福是我们杂志的编辑和音乐评论员,在过去的34年里一直从事电台主持和电台制片的工作。在中国有近25年的媒体工作经验。工作期间他曾经四次获得过纽约传媒艺术节大奖,分别是世界前40强节目奖,最佳编辑奖,最佳导演奖以及最佳文化艺术奖。