MP of the week: Lian Fang Feng

This week’s featured missing person is Chinese native Lian Fang Feng, who disappeared from Queens, New York in 2002.  Another case of suspected spousal snuffage, alas. They were in the process of a divorce but were still living together, and blood was found in the home after Lian disappeared. She left behind her passport and her wallet, and her daughter said she didn’t speak English very well. Lian’s husband has had her declared legally dead and collected her million-dollar life insurance policy.

7 thoughts on “MP of the week: Lian Fang Feng

  1. becky December 1, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    !@#$%^&. These cases make me so mad. How can somebody get away with something so blatantly obvious?! Makes you wonder if there is an official somewhere who’s pocket is getting lined. Either that or complete incompetence. I feel really bad for her daughter too.

  2. Kim December 1, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Wow so someone can collect on a huge life insurance policy with no body ??

    • Meaghan December 1, 2015 / 8:08 pm

      If a person is declared legally dead, for life insurance purposes they’re just as dead as if they’d died at home, been given a funeral and buried.

  3. M86 December 1, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    It’s odd the insurance company didn’t try to fight it. Or does the declaration of legally dead force them to pay it out? I don’t know anything about how that stuff works.

    • Meaghan December 2, 2015 / 1:04 am

      I’m pretty sure they have to pay up once death has been declared. Unless they can produce credible evidence that the insured is still alive. But to be declared dead in the first place, there has to be no credible evidence that you’re alive.

      It usually works by either A) providing credible evidence of death, like if someone was an employee who clocked in at the WTC on 9-11 and no one saw him make it out alive or B) waiting a specified number of years depending on the state, usually seven, after which the burden of proof shifts in the other direction and the missing person is assumed to be dead unless there is evidence to the contrary. If you look at Charley’s casefiles you will find many MPs who were declared dead based on nothing other than the passage of time.

  4. Caimbeul December 3, 2015 / 7:14 am

    It actually doesn’t say that they declared her dead, or he collected on the insurance, just that he attempted to. Since half of the funds of the house that was sold are being held in escrow in her name, then I don’t think she has been officially declared dead?

  5. Annie December 4, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    This is random, but I’m thought Michael James Lee’s case was resolved?

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