SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department arrested two suspects in connection to the disappearance and death of Benedict Ching, 73, of San Francisco. The SFPD reported that on May 20, a missing person report was made at the Ingleside Station for Ching.
A co-worker contacted a family member of Mr. Ching to alert her that he did not show up for work on May 18. On May 20 at approximately 11:40 a.m. officers from the Ingleside Station accompanied Ching’s family member to his home to conduct a well-being check. Authorities made entry into the residence and discovered a body, believed to be Benedict Ching. Investigators determined that his disappearance and death was a result of foul play.
The SFPD Homicide Detail started an investigation that led to the identification of two possible suspects: Douglas Lomas, 44, and Stephanie Ching, 35, both of San Francisco.
Homicide investigators received information that Lomas and Ching were on enroute to China. With the assistance of the federal Homeland Security Investigations, the SFPD was able to locate, identify, and detain the subjects who landed in Beijing, China. The subjects were flown to Virginia and are currently being housed in the Loudoun Adult Detention Center in Leesburg, VA where they were arrested and booked for homicide.
Investigators are working on the extradition process to bring Ching and Lomas back to San Francisco. The arrest of the suspects comes via collaboration with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Francisco. HSI was instrumental in locating and coordinating this arrest without incident.
The SFPD are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24-hour tip line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. Tipsters may remain anonymous.