Taipei, An Iraqi man suspected of killing his parents-in-law in Taiwan left the country with his one-year-old son Tuesday morning on a flight bound for Japan, authorities said Wednesday.
Alihammad Jomaah, 33, is the main suspect in the deaths of a Taiwanese couple, who were his wife's parents and with whom he allegedly had an argument over custody of his child, according to police.
The two people, in their 70s, were found dead at their home in Taipei's Shilin District on Wednesday morning, the man in the bathroom on the first floor, and the woman in a room on second floor, police said.
The bodies showed no obvious signs of trauma, police said, adding that carbon monoxide poisoning was ruled out in the initial investigation.
Shilin Prosecutor Chiu Chih-hung said Wednesday that a warrant has been issued for the Iraqi man, and police are trying to locate him and his son who departed with him on the flight to Japan.
According to police, Jomaah made contact with his wife Wednesday afternoon via LINE video chat and told her that their son was with him in the Iraqi capital, Bagdad.
Taiwan police said they have released a photo of the suspect in the hope of finding him, while the Criminal Investigation Bureau is seeking the assistance of authorities in Japan, a country with which Taiwan has no extradition treaty or mutual judicial assistance pact.
An autopsy was due to be conducted Wednesday afternoon to determine the cause of the couple's death, according to the Shihlin District Prosecutors Office.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel