Missing S'porean woman found dead in lorry park in Spain with 30 stab wounds, man arrested

Chin Hui Shan and Chin Soo Fang
The Straits Times
April 18, 2024

 A Singaporean man has been arrested in Spain after the body of missing 39-year-old Singaporean woman Audrey Fang Dirou was found with stab wounds, Spanish authorities said.

The head of the press office of the Civil Guard in Murcia told The Straits Times that the woman showed signs of assault by a “bladed weapon”.

She was reportedly stabbed more than 30 times, according to several Spanish media outlets.

Her body was found on April 10 in a lorry park in Abanilla, a municipality in the Murcia region, around 150km away – or about two hours’ drive – from her hotel in Xabia where she was said to be last seen alive, according to Olive Press.

El cuerpo sin vida de una mujer hallado este miércoles en Abanilla presentaba signos de haber sido acuchillado. Te lo contamos en nuestros boletines y horarios y en nuestro informativo de las 14:30h https://www.orm.es/noticias-2024/hallan-el-cadaver-de-una-mujer-en-el-ap...

Posted by Onda Regional de Murcia on Wednesday 10 April 2024

It was discovered by a man who was on his way to have breakfast at a restaurant located along a highway. But it could not be identified at the time. Abanilla is in the south-east of Spain and about four hours’ drive from the capital Madrid.

The suspect was detained on April 16 by the Civil Guard in Alicante province, and they later transferred him to their colleagues in Murcia. Spanish media reported that he was staying in a hotel in Alicante, where he was arrested.

The Civil Guard is one of the two national police forces in Spain.

On April 17, it was revealed that the unidentified body found on April 10 was Ms Fang’s. 

Ms Fang travelled alone to Xabia, Spain, and was uncontactable since April 10. She left Singapore on April 4 and was due to return on April 12.

Her family lodged a report on April 11 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

A family friend, Ms Lee Si Hui, 30, confirmed the news when contacted by The Straits Times on April 18.

She said the family could not share much information as they are assisting with police investigations. They do not want to hinder evidence collection, she said. She had travelled to Spain with Ms Fang’s brother and cousin to trace her whereabouts.

Ms Lee said that Ms Fang was last seen on the hotel’s closed circuit television on April 9 at 8.45pm Spanish time.

Ms Fang’s brother, who was at Changi Airport to receive her, found out she did not board her return flight on April 12. He made a police report the same day. When contacted by ST, the police confirmed a report had been lodged.

The family found out she had left her hotel room on April 9 but did not return. Her belongings were still in the room.

She had told her family that she might be meeting a friend in Spain, but they do not know the person’s identity.

Ms Fang, who was single, lived with her father and younger brother. The architect was due to start a new job in May after a trip to Japan with her aunt and cousin at the end of April.

This was not the first time Ms Fang had travelled overseas alone.

In response to ST’s queries, an MFA spokesperson said on April 18: “Singapore’s Honorary Consulate-General (HCG) in Madrid has been in contact with the local authorities regarding the case of Ms Audrey Fang.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not in a position to comment on the case as investigations are ongoing.

"MFA and the HCG have been providing consular assistance and support to Ms Fang’s family. We express our deepest condolences to the family.”

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