A man who left Australia shortly before a woman was found dead in a freezer in his apartment is being questioned by authorities in China’s central Sichuan province, New South Wales (NSW) police said on Thursday.
The 36-year-old man caught a flight to China with two young boys, ages 4 and 6, around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Less than 24 hours later, on Wednesday morning, police found a woman stuffed inside a freezer at an apartment in the suburb of Pymble in Sydney.
NSW police haven’t officially identified the woman, but local news suspect the dead woman to be a Chinese national in her late 30s who had been married to the man being questioned.
The two young boys are believed to be their sons.
In a statement, the police said that they had gone to the Sydney property on Wednesday after a neighbor raised concerns over the welfare of those inside.
Police had to break into the apartment and, once they entered, they found the body in the freezer. They said a full postmortem examination would be completed by the end of the week and they could not yet say how the woman had died.
NSW Homicide Squad Commander Scott Cook said Australian police were liaising “with the Chinese Ministry for Public Security and the Chinese Consulate in Australia and we’re getting assistance, exceptional assistance.”