LA sheriff seeks tips about Taiwanese couple slain last year

LOS ANGELES (AP) " A husband and wife from Taiwan found stabbed to death in their home in a well-to-do Southern California neighborhood in October were probably robbery victims, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

Cheng Long Wang, 60, and his wife, Mei Chu Chung, 57, were found slain in their Diamond Bar home on Oct. 20, 2016 after family members could not reach the couple, who immigrated to the US in 2000.

"This couple was married for 30 years and were a classic example of the American success story," Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told reporters.

Investigators suspect the couple had been victims of a robbery and about $15,000 had been taken from the home, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Katz.

Officials would not say whether they believed the couple was targeted, but investigators believe the assailant knew the couple kept large amounts of cash in the home, Katz said.

The slaying was "extremely unusual" for the Sothern California community and appears to have been an isolated incident, Katz said.

Cheng Long Wang worked as a computer programmer and Mei Chu Chung had taught art to children and offered lessons in a studio she had in their home, the couple's adult son said. Both were very active in their community, he said.

"They didn't deserve a death like this," said their son, Dr. Gary Wang, who flew in from Iowa to attend a news conference Wednesday. "They were just honest people who lived within their means."

On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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