SAN FRANCISCO — On May 20, 2019 a missing person report was filed for 73 year-old San Francisco resident Benedict Ching.
A co-worker contacted a family member of Ching to advise her that he did not show up for work on May 18, 2019. On May 20, 2019 at 11:40 AM police officers from Ingleside Station accompanied Ching’s family member to his home to conduct a well-being check. Police made entry into the home and discovered a dismembered body, believed to be Ching. Investigators determined that his disappearance and death was a result of foul play.
The SFPD Homicide Detail began an investigation that led to the identification of two possible suspects: 44 year-old Douglas Lomas and 35 year-old Stephanie Ching, both of San Francisco. Homicide investigators received information that Lomas and Ching were on enroute to China. With the assistance of the federal Homeland Security Investigations SFPD was able to locate, identify, and detain the subjects who landed in Beijing, China. The subjects were flown to Virginia and are currently being housed in the Loudoun Adult Detention Center in Leesburg, VA where they were arrested and booked for homicide.
Investigators are currently working on the extradition process to bring the subjects back to San Francisco.
Officials did not reveal a possible relationship between the suspects and the victim. A motive for the killing remains unknown.