Police probing the kidnapping of Chinese restaurant owner Xue Hua Shan said her relatives told them that the woman's mother, in China, received a text message saying her daughter was released. The text message, police said, was sent in a Chinese dialect to Shan's mother who lives in China. Investigators said they had not contacted Shan's mother and did not know if the message was true or a hoax. But detectives said yesterday that they were still looking for Shan and had no concrete evidence she had been released by her kidnappers. The lawmen said they have stepped up their search for Shan after also receiving a message from someone who called the Piarco Police Station around 6.30 am yesterday, claiming she had been dropped off near a bridge in St Helena.
Officers of the Piarco Police Station responded and searched several bridges and ravines in Carapo and Caroni. The lawmen also combed St Helena, Piarco, Mausica and Carapo.Shan, 31, was reported abducted outside her Seventh Street, Barataria, home on April 14. A $4 million ransom demand has been made for her safe release. Shan is the owner of Happy Gardens Restaurant, St Helena Main Road. According to police investigators, Anthony Chin, owner of the China Palace Restaurant at Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval, had been questioned in Shan's kidnapping. Chin , 61, of Hillsborough, Maraval, was killed last Sunday morning outside his restaurant.