Little Chinese Girl Abducted After Wedding, Body Found

Wang Yanwen, a 7-year-old girl who was found murdered.

At time of translation, this was the most-commented article on popular Chinese web portal Tencent News…

From QQ:

Jiangsu 7-Year-Old Girl Missing After Attending Relative’s Wedding, Police Confirm She Was Murdered October 7 report (reporter Cui Jiaming) — Yangzhou Jiangdu county 7-year-old girl Wang Yanwen went missing after attending a relative’s wedding in Taizhou city Jiangyan district Huagang town on October 3rd. On the evening of the 6th, Taizhou police announced to the public that they’ve found the body of the missing girl Wang Yanwen on a riverbank in Jiangyan district Huagang town, confirming that she had been killed.

The victim’s name is Wang Yanwen, born 2007, just 7 years old this year, is from Yangzhou city Jiangdu district, and was in first grade at Jiangdu Experimental Elementary School. After the little girl went missing on the afternoon of the 3rd, and as her family reported it to the police, the child’s father posted a missing person’s notice on the internet through Weibo, etc. offering a reward of 200,000 for her daughter’s whereabouts. “Our daughter has been kidnapped. Whatever kind-hearted person can help me find our daughter, I’ll do anything, even give my life. Please, everyone.”

The missing person’s notice read: “Wang Yanwen went missing at around 3pm on October 3rd near the border between Taizhou and Jiangdu in Jiangsu province. She was wearing a dark blue dotted dress, black pants/stockings. There was a witness who saw the girl being carried away on an electric moped by a man wearing a helmet.”


According to the Taizhou police announcement, after receiving the report, the city police quickly mobilized all sorts of resources and manpower under the command of a “10.3” special investigation group. City police mobilized over 60 personnel, divided into four groups for the investigation, doing everything possible to determine the child’s whereabouts.

October 6th evening, after an extensive search by public security organs, the missing girl’s body was found on a river bank in Huagang town, confirming that she had been murdered. At present, city police are doing everything they can to solve the case.

Comments from QQ:

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Children are innocent. Those who put their hands to children must be punished severely.


The outcome no one wants to see, so sad.


The human scum in society have all gone crazy! Why kill a child! It’s such a huge blow to a family! Capture him, he must be put to death!

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She’s about my daughter’s age. No matter what the reason is, it shouldn’t be taken out on a child. Capture the murderer, he must be punished severely!


I want to kill this bastard murderer, slowly with one cut at a time.


Why hurt a child? He must be executed once caught.


This kind of person should be hacked to death when he’s caught, the sick bastard! I hope this kind of thing won’t happen again!


Does the bride’s family have enemies? One suspicious point is that the suspect had a local accent, so it’s possible this was revenge against the bride’s family. Hope the case is cracked soon.

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Poor child, why kill a child? The child is so cute. Why not just send her back? At most, it’d just be a crime of kidnapping, why commit murder? Hurry and capture the killer, to give the child’s family justice. My condolences to the child’s parents…


Fucking, this animal should be made into mincemeat once he’s caught, lest he do this kind of thing again in the future when he gets out! I hope this kind of thing won’t happen again…

The most-commented article of the day on Chinese web portal NetEase was that the suspect has been apprehended. Similar to QQ, the top comments call for severe punishment of the criminal.

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  • dragonbear

    “I hope this kind of thing won’t happen again!” …….. seriously?! It is sad but obviously it wil happen again.

    • vonskippy

      That’s why the punishment for those that do such a terrible crime must be so horrific that even psychopaths will think very very hard about doing such a bad crime.

      I recommend a tree-sized wood chipper set at 1/5 normal speed – start at the feet.

      • dragonbear

        Most of the people who would do such a horrible thing are so sich that there is no chance they are able to think about the consequences of their doing.

        I wouldn’t want to live in a state which legally tortures people to death!

        • 白色纯棉小裤裤

          I wouldn’t want to live in a state where ruthless murderers are considered “people”.

          • Boris

            Then you are better of killing yourself.

      • Jahar

        They dont weigh risk vs. Reward.People who do this kind of thing never think they will get caught.

      • Rick in China

        Part of being a psychopath is there is no consideration for the repercussion. Repercussion may prevent sane people who think things through from committing crimes, but I’d guess not many sane people think “Hm, I should kidnap and murder a 7 year old.”

  • If I had no morals just like everyone else in my country
    And the income gap was wide enough
    I’d kill little kids for organ money too

    • jin


    • mr.wiener

      Two problems with your theory (for me anyway)
      #1. It is speculative.
      #2. If it was for money as you suggested there’d probably be more money in a ransom than in organ sales? (Not too sure about that as I don’t know the going rate for ransoms or black market organs).

    • JayJay

      Did they say the body was missing organs?

  • Amused

    At least they execute these useless fucks WHEN(rarely) they catch them here. Plenty of overly-civilized nations just jail ’em for 5yrs and let ’em out again. Over and over.

    • SongYii


      • mr.wiener

        I can’t see Anders Brevick~ whatsit getting out any time within the next 20 years.

        • firebert5
        • SongYii

          isnt that too little?

          • mr.wiener

            …probably ever for that matter.

          • SongYii

            Norway has maximum imprisonment terms. They’re much nicer to their raging psychopaths than the rest of us. Read a story a while back about a prisoner who was growing, smoking, and selling marijuana in his cell. He didn’t get busted he posted himself talking about it on Facebook.

          • Puk

            The jail in Norway is spectacular. They have flatscreen tv’s in their rooms, can take art classes, play ball with their prison guards, make food togather and have a big green area outside where they can enjoy strolls and look at art. (No kidding) Google halden fengsel is you don’t believe me. They “train” their inmates to get out into the real world again and how to socialize instead of punishing them.

      • LittleJJ

        yet norway has one of the lowest reoffending rates in the world, so their system cant be that bad

  • B*tches, Leave

    I’m surprised that they kept out the “raped” detail from the news.

    • donscarletti

      Because the news was written before you broke into the morgue.

      • mr.wiener

        That was pretty dark for you.

        • donscarletti

          I actually felt kind of bad after posting it. It was in incredibly poor taste.

          But you know, when one has a snappy reply, it’s hard to not let it fly.

  • Ryo Saeba

    I vouch for a public execution for these types of crimes. With a pre-show of salt on open wounds, red ants on honey covered fresh removed nails, and the cutting off of his penis with a dull rusty knife.

    • mr.wiener

      Although I can sympathise , I think we need to get away from any sadistic fantasies.

    • ESL Ninja

      That makes you just as sick as them.

      • Ryo Saeba

        Thanks for getting the joke… a little sick but a joke nonetheless.

    • JayJay

      Locking him up for life in a Chinese prison is probably crueller punishment. For what he’s done, he will want to kill himself.

  • ABCharles

    Absolutely sickening.

  • SongYii

    Dollars to doughnuts, this was an easy job. I am never less stunned day to day by how parents let their kids walk around on the streets and parks all alone, sometimes even after dark. I see 10 kids a day I could snatch if I wanted to, and no one would be the wiser. I guess thats the status quo when children are thought of as a rite of passage, a trophy of adulthood, rather than the cultivation of a new person.

    • Ben

      I walked to and from school alone or with my sister nearly everyday. Actually, most of the kids in my neighbourhood did. This idea that you need to ferry your child everywhere and wrap them in cotton wool is ridiculous. Your child is much much more likely to be killed in a car crash than by some random psychopath.

      • Honibaz

        The norms that apply to Western society in regards to personal safety don’t apply to China. It is a country rampant with explicit theft and kidnapping.

    • Probotector

      You talking about kids is China or anywhere?

      • SongYii

        china, but the principle applies elsewhere.

        • Rick in China

          Totally disagree – with the second part, you don’t need to watch your kid all the time everywhere…but, you need to teach your kid some smarts and *know where they are*, and ideally they’re *with someone* you trust. I was always out by myself, well — playing out with friends, then would often come home myself, but in a good neighbourhood I suppose this is common all over the world..

          In China, my wife has watched stories about people’s kids getting snatched *from right beside them* in malls and shit. How crazy is that – like, park your stroller, get distracted by some shit, someone just walks off with your baby, scary thoughts. We rarely take baby out alone (either of us) here..when she starts running around I have this little koala backpack with a sort of tail that turns into a little bracelet so I can essentially keep her tied to me when we out. Really busy places like China – just too easy for evil people to do evil shit and get away with it, especially when they’ve got a plan and you’ve got no expectation that it could happen to you.

    • Ken Morgan

      I’m not sure if I agree with this. Small excursions like the film stand by me were normal as children (I mean under 10) in the 1980s. In the 90s as teenagers walking to school and bicycling unattended was also quite normal.

      Maybe society is getting softer or more scared. Granted my parents would walk me to school then it was you’re old enough to go alone now.

  • dragonbear

    Yes, this is true! In the end humans are a product of both their genetic inheritance and the circumstances they were born into.

  • I wouldn’t be very much surprised if the perpetrator is a family friend or even a relative seeking for some kind of revenge. Anyway I’m not for death penalty because it’s meaningless and useless; instead, people who are caught (with evidence) doing horrible crimes should be interned as rat labs… at least they would be useful for the mankind, no?

    • Jahar

      It’s not useless. Beats paying for these guys to live in jail for the rest of their lives.

  • firebert5

    Weddings seem to offer lots of prime targets. I have a friend in Harbin who lived on the first floor. He got married and as per norm began the wedding at the grooms place before heading out to the restaurant. He and his new bride went on their honeymoon the next day. They came back a week later to find that the bars on the window of his apartment had been cut off and the whole house robbed and ransacked. The police guessed (probably reasonable) that the guys who robbed it recognized that the wedding meant they would be out of town for a while making it a prime target. Of course, the fact that window bars that were cut off were just sitting there on the ground and no guard ever investigated until the couple returned is par for the course. It was a gated community too.

  • AbC

    This story really sends a shiver down my spine… I have kids around that age and I couldn’t imagine what the parents would be going through.

    Anyone capable of intentionally murdering an innocent child should forgo any rights as a human being when determining punishment.

  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    why do you think this only happens in China?

    • Confucius

      What only happens in China?

  • Puk

    Why do authorities keep handling kidnappings this way? They should keep it undercover and tell the parents to do the same. They should convince the kipnapper he got away with it, make him believe that letting her go won’t cause him to get caught.

    Once the kidnapper hear everyone (even the public) is looking for him, he will most likely kill his victim, because the public know what the victim looks like – she would be easy to spot and he would get arrested.

    Poor girl and poor family.