WARNING: This story contains graphic details.

Abby Choi’s ex-husband and former in-laws were put in custody without bail on Monday on a joint murder charge, just days after police found the Hong Kong model’s remains.

Choi, 28, was a model with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram. Her last post was Feb. 15, featuring a photo shoot she had done with fashion magazine L’Officiel Monaco.

Choi went missing on Feb. 21, according to a report filed later with the Hong Kong police.

Three days later, the police found her dismembered body in a refrigerator in a house rented by her former father-in-law, in a suburban part of Hong Kong about a 30-minute drive from the border with mainland China. They also found a meat slicer and an electric saw on the scene, according to a statement.

On Sunday, authorities discovered a young woman’s skull believed to be Choi’s in a cooking pot that was seized from the house.

Choi’s ex-husband, Alex Kwong, his father, Kwong Kau, and his brother, Anthony Kwong, were charged with murder. Her former mother-in-law, Jenny Li, faces one count of perverting the course of justice. The four were placed in custody without bail.

A person with a black hood over their head and wearing a black jacket is escorted by police.
Police officers escort a 47-year-old suspect in connection with Choi’s killing, in Hong Kong, on Sunday in this screenshot taken from video. (TVB/Reuters)

Fights about money

Choi had financial disputes involving tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars with her ex-husband and his family, police said, noting that “some people” were unhappy with how Choi handled her assets.

Choi’s friend Bernard Cheng said she had four children: two sons ages 10 and three, and two daughters ages eight and six. Kwong, 28, fathered the elder two, and her current husband, Chris Tam, is the father of the younger children.

Tam said he was very grateful to have had Choi in his life and praised him for being supportive, friend Pao Jo-yee relayed in a Facebook post.

“When Abby was alive, she was a very kind person and always wanted to help people,” he was quoted as saying in the post. “I feel that anyone who had a chance to be a family or a friend would be blessed.”

Cheng said Choi had very good relationships with her family, and would travel with the families of her current and former husbands together. Choi’s current father-in-law is one of the founders of a famous Hong Kong chain of Yunnan rice noodle shops, local newspaper The Standard reported.

Violent crime is rare in Hong Kong

Choi’s gruesome murder has gripped many in Hong Kong, as the self-governed southern Chinese city is widely considered safe with a very low level of violent crime.

Her case is one of the most shocking killings Hong Kong has seen since 2013, when a man killed his parents and their heads were later found in refrigerators. In another case from 1999, a woman was kidnapped and tortured by three members of an organized crime group before her death.

A hearing in the case has been adjourned to May 8.

By zonxe