KUALA LUMPUR - While their father was claiming the body of their mother from Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday, the couple's two children were at school sitting their first term examinations.
The children, a 12-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, had cried and grieved a day earlier after learning that their mother, real estate agent Chen Choi Mooi, 39, had been murdered before her body was dumped near Batu Dam, Gombak, near here.
Their father, Liew Yang Sei, 41, and family members had agreed that they did not want the children to dwell on their mother's death and preferred them to sit their exams.
Liew and the rest of his family, were questioned by police while waiting for the post-mortem report at the mortuary yesterday.
Liew, also a real estate agent, later demanded answers for his wife's murder.
"I want to know who did this to her, and why," he said."I cannot believe this could happen in broad daylight."
Chen's body was found near the dam on Wednesday night. She had strangulation marks on her neck, while her mouth, eyes and forehead were swollen.
Chen was last seen by her husband on Tuesday at 10am when he left their apartment in Jinjang Utara.
It was learnt that Chen had gone to meet a prospective tenant at 1pm.
She left after taking RM2,000 (S$818) from the couple who had wanted to rent a house, agreeing to meet them again at 3pm to hand them the house keys but did not keep the appointment.
Chen had apparently told the couple that she would be meeting the landlord of the house and another client before meeting them again later.
Her husband became worried when a neighbour dropped his children off from tuition as Chen, who was to pick them, did not show up.
He called his wife's sisters but no one had seen her since that afternoon. He lodged a missing person's report at 8pm.
At 10am on Wednesday, the family found Chen's Proton Iswara in Batu 5, Jinjang. There was a pool of blood in the boot.
Later that night, Liew received a call from police, asking him to come to the KLH mortuary to identify a body.
Chen was still clad in the black T-shirt and black skirt which she had on when last seen on Tuesday.
Police had found a trail of blood, revealing that Chen had been dragged for more than five metres before her body was dumped.
The victim, the youngest of 10 siblings, was described as a religious person who was active in the temple and had many friends.
Gombak police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahim Abdullah said post-mortem results revealed that the victim died of strangulation. There were bruises on both her wrists, suggesting she was bound.
Her handbag, containing two handphones and an undisclosed amount of cash, was missing.
Rahim said they had yet to make any arrests. He declined to comment further.