A 70-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering his young Chinese wife and dissolving her body in acid after police discovered 10 of her fake teeth in a drain near their Cairns home.
Klaus Andres told detectives his wife Li Ping Cao, 42, disappeared in October 2011 after she walked out of their home following an argument, during which she accused him of cheating on her.
But it didn’t take long for authorities to begin to question Andres’ story after her friends became worried about the single mother-of-one’s safety and reported her missing in November, according to A Current Affair.
The first sign of foul play was during a press conference held by police when Andres smiled and joked around as he appealed for information about his wife, Detective Sergeant Brad McLeish said.
The couple, who met online, had been married for seven years but Andres didn’t seem to be upset about his wife’s disappearance, Sgt McLeish said.
While looking into the last purchases on Ms Cao’s bank card, police discovered CCTV footage of Andres using her card at an ATM and a Bunnings hardware store where he bought 40 litres of acid.
‘…that was a major concern to us,’ Sgt McLeish said.
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