Italian police are investigating if the remains of an Asian woman found in the Port of Rimini, Italy are those of missing cruise ship passenger Li Yinglei. Yinglei, 36, has been missing since she disappeared from MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise with her husband Daniel Belling, 46.
The last time Li Yinglei was seen alive was in Genoa on February 10, just one day into the cruise.
Daniel Belling’s Chinese wife Li Yinglei (Xing Lei Li) also known as Angie, was a cruise and wedding planner who started Cinderella’s Wedding in 2015. The couple lived in Dublin, Ireland with their two children.
Belling was arrested when he attempting to embark on a flight to Ireland after the cruise ship docked. State prosecutor Maria Tamburelli, claims the couple were having financial problems and Mr Belling killed his wife on board on February 10 after the couple and their kids had supper together at the Four Winds restaurant on board but did not turn up for breakfast the next morning.
MSC Magnifica embarked on February 9 at Civitavecchia, Italy with port calls at Malta, Greece and Cyprus.
Mediterranean Sea hydrodynamics where Li Yinglei is thought to have gone overboard, have a southeastern flow of circulation, making it most likely if the orange suitcase washes ashore, it would be on a beach anywhere in the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Turkey or Bulgaria. It is highly unlikely the suitcase with Li Yinglei could wash ashore at Rimini, Italy.
According to local reports, the young “Asian woman” that was found in the blue suitcase, was the body of an emaciated, naked Asian woman, wrapped up in plastic bags, believed to be aged 35 to 40-years-old. The color of the suitcase does not match the color of the suitcase which is missing along with Li Yinglei.
As well, the body is described as being 1.7 metres tall, which investigators say is too tall to be missing Li Yinglei, who is described as being 1.5 metres tall.
Belling attorney Luigi Conti said he has heard the body that has been recovered does not match the description of Ms Li. “The body in the suitcase is 170cm in height, but Daniel Belling’s wife is smaller than that,” he said. “I am also told it is a different type of body than that of Mr Belling’s wife.”
There is a video on our case page, which shows a body of an Asian woman of Li Yinglei’s size being hidden into a suitcase on our missing cruise ship passenger alleged murder case page.
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