Serial killer on the run is found dead after & # 39; murder of five neighbors – including two children – in revenge attacks & # 39; in China
- Zhang Juqian's body, 56, was found today by armed police in South China
- Zhang was accused of killing five people in two attacks in five days
- Police said he killed the first neighbor after a row before hiding
- It was claimed that he then killed a family with two children aged five and seven years
A farmer suspected of killing five neighbors, including two children, was found dead after a five-day human hunt with more than 1,000 officers in southern China.
The 56-year-old suspect, named Zhang Juqian, had reportedly killed the victims in two acts of revenge in five days before fleeing, said Dongkou Province police in Hunan Province.
The fugitive's body was found today by armed police in a village about 26 miles from his home. The police believe that Zhang has committed suicide.
The body of Zhang Juqian (left) was found today in a village in Hunan province in southern China. The 56-year-old (right) is said to have killed five neighbors in five days
The armed police established the body of Zhang after a five-day human hunt with more than 1,000 officers
Zhang, born in the village of Chetang in Dongkou, is said to have killed the first neighbor on the evening of May 21, which was his 56th birthday.
The 5ft5in man allegedly committed the crime in front of the village authority's office after he was in conflict with the individual because of & # 39; trivial matters & # 39 ;, according to a police action.
Four days later, he reportedly killed four people from the same family around 10 p.m. The victims were two elderly people and two children aged five and seven years.
Zhang had a grudge against the family whose last name is Liu, police said.
Police announced a large-scale manhunt on May 23 – after Zhang & # 39; s first alleged murder – and a reward of 50,000 yuan (£ 5,711) for information about his whereabouts
The reward was doubled on May 27 after the family of four was found dead. The lifeless body of Zhang (right) was in a house in the Hunan village of Tongpen, police said
Zhang was an illiterate farmer who was imprisoned four times for crimes such as theft and vandalism, he reports.
The police announced a large-scale manhunt on May 23 – after Zhang & # 39; s first alleged murder – and a reward of 50,000 yuan (£ 5,711) for information about his whereabouts.
The reward was doubled on May 27 after the family of four was found dead.
The lifeless body of Zhang was in a house in the Hunan village of Tongpen, police said.
Agents believe that Zhang died of suicide after taking poison.
Further investigations are still ongoing.
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