The ex-husband and daughter of Annabelle Chen have been charged with her murder.
Ah Ping Ban, 65, and Tiffany Yiting Wan, 25, faced Perth Magistrates court today, almost three months after fishermen found Ms Chen’s body packed into a suitcase in the Swan River.
Police released a statement this afternoon saying the 57-year old woman was murdered in her home in Mosman Park sometime between June 30 and July 2.
Det-Sen. Sgt. Tom Mills said Ms Chen’s reclusive lifestyle made the investigation a long and arduous one.
“All homicides are difficult, but it is extremely hard dealing with a victim who was so private,” he said.
“We know from being inside her home that Ms Chen was an avid reader and extremely religious.”
Police are urging members of the public to assist them further with the investigation.
“We would like if any of the natural medicine practitioners who had any dealings with her could come forward and speak to us about any treatments she may have been on as she had an interest for natural therapies.” Det-Sen. Sgt. Mills said.
Ms Wan reported her mother missing on September 1 and reportedly door-knocked people living near her mother’s Mosman Park home.
Ms Chen was born in Taiwan and moved to Perth with her daughter in 1999. Ms Wan later moved to Melbourne to study.