Police say they have made arrests in the case of the apparent murder of 73-year-old Benedict Ching, and they believe that his were the remains found in the home on Del Monte Street on Monday.
While not confirming the identity of the suspects arrested, the SFPD confirmed that arrests were made on Thursday, as the Chronicle reports. But we know that warrants were issued and the DA's office filed murder charges against two individuals in the case, Stephanie Ching and Douglas Lomas.
Per the Examiner, Stephanie Ching is believed to be Benedict Ching's daughter, and Lomas is her husband.
We heard yesterday via reports from neighbors that Ching had lived alone in the home for many years but that a couple and two children had moved in sometime in recent months. The neighbors also reported hearing fighting and loud noises in the house.
The Chronicle suggests that authorities believed the suspects may have fled to China — and it's unclear if that was why the FBI is assisting with the investigation.
Ching's remains have not yet been positively identified by the Medical Examiner, but authorities appear to now believe that Ching was the victim. We now learn that a head and other body parts were found in a freezer in the home. NBC Bay Area reports that a bloody saw was among the evidence retrieved from the scene.
The remains were discovered Monday following a report of a missing person, and a welfare check by SFPD officers at the home on the 100 block of Del Monte Street in the Outer Mission. A neighbor tells NBC Bay Area that the daughter and son-in-law had come to visit with their kids, but disappeared by Monday, when police arrived.