Bodies found in Leeds identified as elderly owners of Siesta Motel in Irondale

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Friday, Irondale Police announced the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office had positively identified the two bodies found in Leeds on Tuesday, Sept. 25 as Ching Kao, 77, and his wife, Siumei Kao, 76.

The Kaos were reported missing and believed to be dead after a welfare check on Friday, Sept. 21 at their Irondale motel revealed surveillance video of them being beaten, blood in the office of the Siesta Motel, and a missing safe.

Irondale Police announced a search for a person of interest in their missing persons’ case that Saturday, then on Monday in a press conference formally identified the suspect, Steven Richard Mulkey, 27, and said he was the suspect in the possible double homicide of the Kaos, as their bodies had yet to be found.

Mulkey was taken into custody at a hotel in Staunton, Va. by U.S. Marshals deputies on Monday, Sept. 24. Irondale detectives traveled to Virginia to question Mulkey. According to police, they were able to locate the two bodies in Leeds off Rex Lake Road based on information given to them by Mulkey Tuesday around noon.

Mulkey is charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held without bond. 

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