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Couple flees country after killing and dismembering 73-year-old man in his home; arrested in China: Cops

Authorities in California say two suspects were arrested in China on suspicion of killing and dismembering an elderly man whose remains were found inside his home earlier this week.

According to KTLA, Douglas Lomas, 44, and Stephanie Ching, 35, flew into Beijing, where authorities took the couple into custody.

Investigators in San Francisco accuse the suspects of killing 73-year-old Benedict Ching, who reportedly died inside his Ingleside residence as a result of what officials believe was foul play.

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A colleague reportedly first alerted the victim’s family of a possible problem when he failed to show up for his shift at work on Monday. His relatives in turn contacted police and officers responded to the home to conduct a welfare check on Benedict Ching.

Upon entering the home, police reports indicate officials found the man’s dismembered body.

While no motive has yet been announced, police indicate that Lomas and Stephanie Ching emerged as suspects. The United States Department of Homeland Security assisted in escorting the couple back to the U.S.

They were both reportedly booked into a federal detention facility in Virginia on Friday on suspicion of homicide.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, the investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information related to the case can contact the San Francisco Police Department anonymously by calling 415-575-4444.

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