The body of a man who’d been locked in a cage and thrown in the Qianxia Lake of Lishui, Zhejiang province in August, 2012 was finally salvaged on January 6.
Police hadn’t been able to retrieve the body in over two years due to the depth of the water, according to Sina News.
The victim, surnamed Zhang, was an entrepreneur in Inner Mongolia who ran a number of lucrative operations, including a rice plant and a hotel. In 2010, he’d taken out a loan worth over 26 million yuan from a man surnamed Hu, who lived in Wenzhou.
After two years had passed and Zhang failed to pay back the debt, Hu invited him to a hotel in Hangzhou to talk about payment. When negotiations failed, however, Hu kept Zhang in captivity, demanding 50 million yuan in ransom from his family.
Although Zhang’s family paid around 10 million yuan and offered to pay more, Hu admitted that he beat Zhang then shut him into a cage and dropped it into Qianxia Lake from the Beishan Bridge on August 21, 2012.
Hu was arrested the next year on March 26 when police tracked him down to a hotel in Bangkok following the arrest of 12 other accomplices.
Police had reportedly conducted four attempts to salvage the body since April 6, 2013 but were unsuccessful. The bridge sits 116 meters above the water surface and the lake below is over 100 meters deep. Zhang’s body was spotted on December 28, 2014 nearly 4 meters southeast to one of the bridge’s piers and was pulled out of the water on January 6.