Police hunt for car-hailing driver who allegedly killed passenger

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Police are hunting for a suspect who killed a 21-year-old flight attendant after she used a ride-hailing service and got onboard his car.
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The victim

Police are hunting for a suspect who allegedly killed a 21-year-old flight attendant after she used a ride-hailing service and got onboard his car.

The victim, surnamed Li, got on the car of Liu Zhenhua on the early morning of May 6 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, after she placed an order on Didi Chuxing, China's biggest ride-sharing platform, Zhengzhou police said on Thursday.

Li was heading from the city's airport hotel to downtown. Police said Liu allegedly killed Li and he later abandoned his car and jumped into a river.

Didi apologized on Thursday over the killing of Li, and it was offering a reward of up to 1 million yuan (US$157,629) to anyone with information on him. 

A mugshot of the suspect

According to Li's father, his daughter suffered multiple knife wounds on the body, and her lower part was naked when her corpse was discovered on May 8, along with a dagger nearby, Beijing Youth Daily reported. 

Later police found her pants in the suspect's car, the newspaper reported.

According to thepaper.cn, before Li was killed, she had sent a message to her colleague through WeChat, saying the driver was "a bit psychopathic" and "wanted to kiss her."

The killing has sparked heated debate on China's active social media, fast becoming the most talked about topic on microblog platform Weibo with many expressing safety fears.

"Didi really needs to step up internal supervision; who is going to ensure our safety?" one user wrote on the platform.


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