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Man has confessed to murdering missing girl

08-04-2011 09:06 BJT

BEIJING - A 7-year-old girl missing since July 4 in Fengtai district was murdered and a man, who was arrested on July 29, has confessed to the killing, local police have said.

Liu Lijie, a first-grade student at Beijing Experimental Primary School, went missing after telling her mother she was going out to play on swings close to their home in Nan Xinhua Lu.

Liu Chunjiang, spokesman for the district police branch, said Liu's body was found in a plastic bag inside a green belt near West Gongyi Bridge on July 19.

The suspect, Wang Jianguo, 47, worked at a bus terminal close to where Liu's body was found.

Wang was walking his dog when he spotted the girl on the swing, the police said.

Wang then offered Liu the chance to play on his computer, enticing her into his house and killing her, the police alleged.

Liu Lijie's parents had been desperate to find their only child. Both lost their appetite and suffered from insomnia during the ordeal. They offered rewards up to 100,000 yuan ($15,540) for information that would lead to her safe return.

Search notices with the girl's photo and description had been posted all over the district where they live. Tens of thousands of netizens also posted pictures of the girl on blogs and micro blogs to appeal for help in finding her.

But the parents' hopes ended when the district police rang to ask them to claim the body.

Wang Jianguo is also an arsonist, having served four years in prison after he set his bedroom on fire on Feb 19, 2000, while reportedly trying to vent his anger at his family.

Speculation has surfaced linking Wang to the disappearance of another missing girl in Fengtai, a case that remains unsolved.

Liu Lijie's mother, surnamed Li, was too sad and exhausted to talk about her great loss.

When asked about her expectations for Wang's punishment, Li slightly raised her voice and spoke anxiously.

"I think he deserves death," she said before resuming her controlled manner. "But there are judicial procedures to go through, and we respect that."

Li said she did not want to think or hear any more about it, before politely ending the conversation.

Baobeihuijia, or Baby Back Home, is a voluntary group that helps search for missing children and offers support to parents across China. The association led an online campaign for information on Liu Lijie's whereabouts.

Zhang Baoyan, 49, the association's founder, said such information was later quietly deleted to avoid causing additional sadness and hurt to Liu's parents.

"I have heard of many tragic endings for children reported missing," Zhang said.

To avoid this, she said parents should educate children on how to protect themselves.

"I hope Liu's family will be strong and will gradually work through this dark period."

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: China Daily

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