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Fashion Influencer's Ex-Husband, In-Laws Charged In Her Murder As Police Discover Her Scattered Remains

Abby Choi, a 28-year-old Hong Kong model and fashion influencer, is believed to be dead after being reported missing earlier in the month.

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The ex-husband and former in-laws of a Hong Kong-based fashion influencer were charged with murder after police found dismembered body parts believed to be hers in a refrigerator.

Abby Choi, 28, a supermodel who had surpassed 100,000 followers on Instagram, was last seen alive in the Tai Po region of the city last Tuesday, according to reporting by Hong Kong's pubic broadcaster RTHK. Her last post on Feb. 19 showcased her photoshoot for fashion magazine L'Officiel Monaco.

Choi's ex-husband, 28-year-old Alex Kwong, his brother Anthony, 31, and his father, 65-year-old Kwong Kau, were all arrested and charged with murder. Kwong's mother, 63-year-old Jenny Li, was charged with perverting the course of justice, according to RTHK.

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An unnamed, 47-year-old fifth suspect who is connected to Choi's father-in-law was also arrested in relation to the case, according to BBC News.

A personal photo of Abby Choi

Police intercepted Kwong on Saturday on a Hong Kong pier, according to CNN.

Their arrests followed the grim discovery of remains believed to be Choi's at an apartment in suburban Hong Kong on Friday, CNN reported. 

A meat slicer, an electric saw, raincoats, gloves and articles of Choi's clothing were also found in the apartment.

"The body parts that we found were inside the refrigerator - there were two legs that belonged to the female," Alan Chung, the superintendent of the regional police department, said at a press conference  Saturday.

At the time, Chung told reporters that the department was still looking for the victim's head, and believed that "the suspect has already disposed of the remaining body parts."

But on Sunday, several ribs, hair and a skull believed to be Choi's in a large stainless steel soup pot at a rural residence in Tai Po, RTHK reported in a subsequent article.

Police said the back of the skull featured a hole caused by a "fatal attack."

Other body parts, including the woman's hands and torso, have yet to be found.

Kwong and his family were all denied bail in the Kowloon City Magistrates' Court on Monday and have yet to enter a plea. Their case has been adjourned to May 8.

Police said that Choi and Kwong's family were in the midst of a massive financial dispute.

Choi's friend Bernard Cheng told the outlet that the supermodel had four children between the ages of 3 and 10 - Kwong is the father of the eldest two, he said. Choi remarried after divorcing Kwong, he said, and had two more children. She had good relationships with her own family and the families of her current and former husbands, he told the outlet.

Initially, he said, he thought the influencer had been kidnapped, but was shocked to hear she had been killed.

"I haven't imagined a person who's so good, so full of love, so innocent, a person who doesn't do anything bad will be killed like this," he said. "My heart is still heavy, I can't sleep well."

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