Police deny reports Mongolian woman found dead murdered

Updated 2018-01-11 09:31:21

Shanghai police said a Mongolian woman found dead in Shanghai on December 29 was not murdered, despite a number of Mongolian news websites including mminfo.mn and times.mn reporting earlier this month that she was "killed."

The 21-year-old woman, Boldbaatar Maralmma, was found face down in the corner of a second-floor platform at a residential complex in Xuhui District about 8am, police said in a statement yesterday.

Residents on the third floor spotted her and called security guards who alerted the police.

The woman was confirmed dead at the scene, police said.

Her clothing was not torn and there were no wounds on her body that may have been caused by others, forensic experts found.

"She had multiple bone fractures which are characteristic of severe injuries resulting from fall from a high place," police said in the statement.

"There was a shallow scratch wound on her left wrist formed by sharp objects, but it may have been caused by herself," it said. She had been dead for three days, police added.

Police found an alcohol level of 1.37mg/ml in her blood. No drugs were detected.

She has been a student at the Antai College of Economics and Management of Shanghai Jiao Tong University from September 2016 to July 2017.

She arrived back in Shanghai on November 29, traveling from Mongolia via Beijing, police said. In Shanghai, she checked in to a hotel in Xuhui District with her boyfriend, a 37-year-old Shanghai man surnamed Rao.

The two traveled to Thailand on December 14 and returned to the same hotel on December 21, with Rao going back to his apartment the next day.

Rao went back to the hotel twice between December 23 and 25 to meet her, police found.

She went out for a drink alone on the night of December 25 and was seen coming back to the hotel at 1am on the 26th. She took a taxi from the hotel to the residential complex where Rao lives about 6am, according to police.

Guards at the complex recalled she demanded they open the security gate at Rao's building, but they refused.

She later managed to enter the building when some residents left, according to witnesses and surveillance footage, but after that she disappeared.

Rao is said to have told police he and his girlfriend had argued about their relationship, and she "slapped him twice on the face" at his door that morning.

"There were no suspicious traces at Rao's apartment or the scene, and judging from the structure of the building, it was not likely that she fell from Rao's apartment," the police statement said.

Rao tried to contact her by phone between December 26 and 28 several times and also went to the hotel to look for her but failed to reach her, police said in the statement.

Preliminary findings indicated she died of "shock from wounds" resulting from falling from a high place.

Shanghai Public Security Bureau informed the Mongolian Embassy in China of her death on January 2 and accompanied her parents and an embassy official to view her body at Longhua Funeral Parlor. They were also shown where her body was found.

Her parents signed the death report yesterday and didn't raise any objections as to the cause of death, police added.

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