Bizarre clue in Mei Fan murder

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 08:06 28/03/2014
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A card bearing a biblical verse found at Mei Fan's Miramar home.

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Police have made a chilling discovery at murdered Wellington woman Mei Fan’s home where a mystery intruder has left behind a "bizarre" note bearing a biblical verse.

The note was found by police during the ongoing hunt for Ms Fan’s killer. It was left in her bedroom in her own home, where she was stabbed to death in November last year.

The note was left at the crime scene next to a photo of the dead mother-of-two and police are not ruling out that the murderer delivered it.

An episode of Police Ten 7 on Thursday revealed the brazen break-in, believed to have been staged at Ms Fan's Brussels Street property some time between 3 – 17 December last year.

In Ms Fan’s bedroom police found the small jagged-edged red card with a religious verse printed on it.

The verse appears to be from Proverbs 3:5-6: ‘‘I will trust the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all ways – acknowledge Him and He will direct my paths.’’

Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel said the note might have been left by the killer.

‘‘This is a rather bizarre and brazen thing to do and we can’t rule out the possibility that Mei’s killer has returned to the scene,’’ he said. ‘‘If it is the killer, it may indicate they’re experiencing some sort of personal conflict over Mei’s death and are now looking to religion for comfort. The card was left in Mei’s bedroom next to a photo of her which creates a bit of a paradox – to brutally kill a young mother and then leave a religious verse of this nature.’’

The card has been examined by forensic analysts and police say its edges were likely to have been cut using a commercial die — a type of cutting press used to punch out shapes.

Police say the printing on the card is from an ink-jet printer like the type used in home printers.

They are appealing to anyone who recognises the card or has any idea of any potential significance of the verse to contact police.

Ms Fan, 37, was last seen alive after dropping her two children off at the local Miramar Central School.

Police believe she was brutally stabbed to death on Friday 8 November 2013 with a 32-centimetre carving knife by an unknown killer they suspect was wearing a disguise.

Her body was found two days later by friends.

Previously revealed photos of the suspected murder weapon depict a wooden handled knife with the word ’CARVER’ stamped into the base, established to have been part of a supermarket promotion in the early 90s.

In recent weeks police divers have continued their search around Miramar Wharf for items the killer might have thrown into the sea.

They continue to appeal to the public for any sightings of anyone acting suspiciously in the area on 8 November or any sightings of a 1992 bronze-coloured Toyota Corona with a black strip along the bottom of the doors missing its front left hubcap.

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Anyone with any information can contact the dedicated Operation Brussels number 0800 348 348 or provide information anonymously by contacting the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- The Dominion Post

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