Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Please Help Locate Pumpkin's Dad

photo courtesy of AP and BBC News

... and find out what happened to her mom Ana Liu

Body found in car outside Pumpkin parent house: report | Herald Sun

Carly Crawford, Matthew Pinkney and wires

September 19, 2007 02:44pm

POLICE in New Zealand have found a body believed to be that of Anan Liu, the mother of abandoned toddler Pumpkin. The little girl's father is now at the centre of an international manhunt.

The body of an Asian woman was today found in the boot of a car belonging to Ms Liu's husband, Nai Xin Xue, and which had been parked outside the family's Auckland home, police said.

New Zealand police now want to speak to Mr Xue, an Auckland publisher and martial arts expert who flew to the United States after dumping his daughter Qian Xun at Melbourne's Southern Cross railway station on Saturday.

"A formal identification has not yet been made," Snr Sgt Scott said.

Also known as Annie Xue, Ms Liu has not been seen since September 10, six days before her 54-year-old husband abandoned their daughter, nicknamed Pumpkin, in Melbourne and then flew to Los Angeles.

New Zealand police were treating his earlier flight to Melbourne from Auckland with his daughter as an abduction.

An international search is now underway for Mr Xue, with Victoria Police working with Interpol and American authorities to locate him.

Mr Xue was reported to be depressed and plagued by money problems.

New Zealand National Party associate immigration spokeswoman Pansy Wong knew the couple and told ABC Radio that although they were proud parents, she believed their marriage was going through a "bad patch".

New Zealand police also revealed yesterday that before he left for Australia last week, he collected his passport and a ceremonial sword from police.

The sword had earlier been seized by police as a result of reported domestic violence within the family.

Police said they had informed Ms Liu's mother in China of the body's discovery, but added that no formal identification of the body had taken place.

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