MANHUNT FOR KNIFE SLAUGHTER SUSPECT; He had dispute with victims.
A MAN wanted over the murders of a couple and their two daughters had been in dispute with the family over money, his wife revealed yesterday.
University lecturer Jifeng Ding, 56, wife Helen Chui, 47, and daughters, Alice, 12, and Xing, 18, all suffered multiple stab wounds in their home in an affluent village on Sunday.
Police yesterday confirmed they were hunting Anxiang Du, 52, who works in a Chinese herbal remedy shop where Helen had a business interest.
Du left a suicide note at his place of work on Friday morning and has not been seen since.
Police suspect he killed the family, of Chinese origin, at their house in Wootton, Northampton, before fleeing in their car.
Yesterday Du's wife said she and her husband were involved in a court case three years ago with the Dings after they went into business together.
She claimed they won the case brought against the Ding family for money owed but they had not received any of it from them.
Mrs Du, who runs Natural Care in Birmingham's Pavilions shopping centre with her husband, said: "I do not know what is going on or where my husband is. I am so worried and so shocked that this has happened. We have been under a lot of pressure.
The business dispute has been very stressful and we did not get paid by the family when they owed us money." Mrs Du, who declined to give her first name, added: "My husband has been acting strangely."
Det Supt Glyn Timmins of Northamptonshire Police said: "My understanding is that the wife Helen Chui had the primary business interest with Mr Du but I can't disclose any information." Du, of Coventry, left a suicide note in his native Mandarin Chinese language.
Police said it did not contain any details about the Dings but it told his relatives that it was "time to say goodbye".
The murder weapon has not yet been found and police warned anyone who sees Du or the stolen car, a silver five-door Vauxhall Corsa with the registration BG60 PMO, should ring 999.
Du, of Chinese descent, is described as slim and police say he wears a baseball cap to hide his baldness. He is believed to be carrying a rucksack.
Meanwhile, Sarah Dixon, head of Northampton High School where Xing was a student, said: "We are all devastated. Xing was a brilliant student, a distinguished musician, a superb public speaker and, most of all, a loving and generous person."
A spokesman for Manchester Metropolitan University, where Dr Ding was a senior chemistry lecturer, said: "We are shocked and saddened." And Tony Downing, principal of Caroline Chisholm School where Helen worked and Alice was taught, said: "Some of our children are understandably distressed."
VICTIM Alice BRILLIANT Xing MOURNED Helen MISSING Silver Corsa SEARCH Hunt for clues yesterday BUTCHERED Jifeng NOTE LEFT Du wrote of taking own life