Iowa City officials say a man is in custody and charged with the murder of a former Iowa State University student Tong Shao.
Police say Xiangnan Li, 23 is suspected of suffocating his girlfriend, hiding her body in the trunk of her car and fleeing to his native country, China. Local authorities now say he has surrendered there to stand trial.
Li, a former business student at the UI, faces an “intentional homicide” charge in China for the death of 23-year-old Tong Shao, who was a student at Iowa State University when she went missing.
According to a news release from the Iowa City Police Department, Li surrendered May 13 to officials in Wenzhou, China. The Criminal Investigation Bureau of China sent a team of investigators to Iowa City to review evidence in the homicide case, officials said. On June 19, the People’s Prosecutor of Wenzhou arrested Li for the crime of intentional homicide.
Shao’s body was discovered in the trunk of her Toyota Camry on Sept. 26, 2014, in the parking complex where Li lived in southeast Iowa City. Li, who was quickly labeled a person of interest in the case by police, had already returned to China by the time her body was found.
“The Chinese apply the law to its citizens even if he or she commits a crime abroad,” Monday’s release said. Li may be tried for Shao’s murder in China.
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