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    Published: Tuesday January 6, 2009 MYT 3:42:00 PM

    China launches manhunt for suspected serial killer

    BEIJING: Police in central China have launched a huge manhunt for a suspected mass killer after finding eight bodies including that of a two-year-old boy and his grandmother, state media reported Tuesday.
    Police in Hubei province are offering a 50,000 yuan (RM24,850) reward for information leading to the arrest of Xiong Zhenlin, a 32-year-old junkyard owner who has been named as the key suspect, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
    Authorities found the bodies of Zou Chuanshuo and his grandmother, Zhu Deqing, 43, in their home in Luoyang near Suizhou city Monday morning. Their fatal wounds suggested the killer had been armed with an axe, Xinhua said.
    Police also discovered six other bodies -- three men and three women -- after searching Xiong’s junkyard. The six, aged between 45 to 69, had all been employees at the salvage operation. They also found bloodstained axes and hammers on the premises.
    A police spokesman said Xiong’s mother called police early Monday, saying he could not be found, according to Xinhua.
    On Tuesday, an officer at the local Suizhou police department confirmed the search was ongoing.
    “We’re using about 200 police, and we’re doing our utmost to catch the killer,” said the police officer, who refused to give his name because he had not been authorised to speak with media.
    Neighbours told police that Xiong had divorced his wife three months ago, hoping to marry Zhu, who was widowed. However, she reportedly rejected him, Xinhua said.
    Autopsies were conducted Monday but results have not been released yet. -- AP