Palau law enforcement’s investigation into the missing Chinese woman Yumei Wang, a 44-year-old woman who disappeared around March 2022, turns to the ocean below the Koror-Babeldaob (KB) Bridge.

Bureau of Public Safety Director Ismael Aquon confirmed that they had a reason to believe that there’s evidence at the bottom of KB Bridge that may lead to the missing person’s whereabouts.

Koror State Ranger divers and the Japanese JMAS team have been helping the national law enforcement with the search on the ocean floor twice, said Aguon.

US EOD experts deployed an Ocean Drone to assist after the request from the Bureau of Public Safety. 

Director Aquon expressed appreciation to Sam’s Dive Tours, US EOD, JMAS, and Koror State Rangers for their “tremendous assistance” in this investigation.

“We have also asked for assistance through the People’s Republic of China Embassy in FSM to assist Palau to interview the person of interest who we believe may have the information about the whereabouts of the missing person,” added Director Aguon.  The person of interest left Palau in early April and is currently in China.

On April 16, 2022, police received the report of a missing person, a female PRC national who was employed at the Island Paradise Resort.

Government records show Ms. Wang last entered the country in August of 2019 and has not left the country.  It is believed that Ms. Wang may have gone missing in mid-March before the report was filed on April 16.

After the initial investigation, police concluded that Ms. Wang may have been a victim of foul play and that her remains may have been concealed. 

A male Chinese individual who is reported to have been close to Ms. Wang left the country in early April and is currently the person of interest in the investigation.

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