Couple in late 70s found murdered in Bedok Reservoir home
Police officers moving the body of a murder victim into a van at Blk 717 Bedok Reservoir Road. Photo: Wee Teck Hian/TODAY
SINGAPORE — The bodies of a man and a woman, who were in their 70s, were discovered on Wednesday afternoon (June 21) in a Bedok Reservoir flat, and the police have classified the case as murder.
They said in a statement on Wednesday night that officers received a call for help at about 3.40pm. When they arrived, they found a 79-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman lying motionless in the flat.
Their family members were also in the public housing unit at Block 717 along Bedok Reservoir Road when the police arrived.
Paramedics pronounced the couple dead at 3.57pm.
TODAY understands that the deceased were Chia Ngim Fong and his wife Chin Sek Fah, and one of them had injury marks on the neck.
At 9pm on Wednesday, some residents were still gathered at the bottom of the block. The police had cordoned the stairway, and officers could be seen walking in and out of a unit on the second floor.
When the bodies were finally carried off by investigators at around 11.15pm, family members were heard wailing and crying.
Financial planner Baljeet Kaur, 45, told TODAY that she used to exchange greetings with the soft-spoken couple when they bumped into each other at bottom of their block.
Ms Kaur, who lives on the eighth floor, said that the couple used to go out in their SUV (sports utility vehicle). In recent years, however, she noticed the wife pushing her husband in a wheelchair and was told that he had suffered from a mini-stroke.
“I was so shocked (this happened) to them,” she added. Ms Kaur found out about the incident when she returned from work on Wednesday evening.
Another neighbour, who identified himself as just Mr Pek, said that the couple were friendly and often exchanged greetings with him when they met.
Mr Pek, who lives on the fourth floor, added that the couple lived alone and used to take weekend trips to Johor Baru, Malaysia. He would sometimes see the wife on weekday afternoons as she headed downstairs to buy the newspapers.
The police are appealing for information about the case as investigations are being carried out.
Anyone with information may call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online atwww.police.gov.sg/iwitness. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY SIAU MING EN