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Body of Taiwan tourist found in Kashmir after 17 days

Written by: Staff
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Srinagar, Apr 8 (UNI) After 17 days of extensive search in the entire Kashmir valley, police recovered the body of Huang Sui Chin, a tourist from Taiwan who had gone missing on March 22 afternoon, from the Nigeen Lake here today.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Farooq Ahmed told UNI that Huang's daughter Resdenda Chin, who had arrived here on April one along with a relative to trace her mother, identified the body.

The DIG said there were no external wounds on the body.

''Apparently, it appears that she must have drowned in the Lake.

The body seems to have been in the water for quite a long time,'' he added.

Mr Ahmed said the body has been sent to the police hospital for post-mortem.

A three-member board of doctors headed by Government Medical College Principal Ashiq Hussain Naqshbandi has been constituted for conducting the post-mortem, he added.

The Fifty two-year-old Huang arrived here on March 22 and checked in the Lal Rukh houseboat located near Nehru Park in the Dal Lake area.

However, she immediately left for a cyber cafe, but did not return till late in the night.

Later the houseboat owner, Ghulam Mohammad Khazir, informed the tourist police and a massive hunt was launched to trace Huang. A missing person case was registered at the Nehru Park police station here after there was no trace of her for few days.

The police also took possession of all her belongings, including passport issued on September 9, 2003 vide number 210008739.

She was issued a one-month visa vide number U136992 for staying in Kashmir.

Police had also issued an appeal in the local media stating that a person providing any clue about Huang would be suitably rewarded.

On April one, Huang's daughter arrived here along with a relative to trace her monther.

''My mother loves adventure and she will be back,'' she had said on her arrival here.

Resdenda said Huang had visited several countries, including Nepal and Mongolia.

''My mother never used to contact us. We were expecting her to be back by April five when she had to catch return flight from Delhi.'' she added.

Resdenda said her mother had left a bag in the houseboat which did not contain anything important.

''We have a marriage function in Taiwan in the second week of April and she will be definitely back by then,'' Resdenda had hoped.

Several police teams had been rushed to different parts of the Kashmir valley to trace her, but without any success.

UNI AG AK KP1547

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