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Woman murdered in Spain: Singaporean suspect often traveled abroad for business, rave parties, Singapore News

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SINGAPORE – The man allegedly involved in the murder of Singaporean architect Audrey Fang regularly traveled abroad on business and to attend dance parties, those who knew him said.

Mitchell Ong, who was identified by Spanish media on April 20 as a suspect in the case, is a fitness enthusiast who visited a gym in Orchard Road three to five times a week.

An acquaintance, who declined to be identified, said he knew Ong, 43, often traveled abroad.

“He was nice during the interactions I had with him… I remember he liked to travel for business and raves,” he said.

A check on Ong’s Instagram account revealed that he had attended several music festivals abroad. Between 2022 and 2024 he also traveled to various parts of Europe.

In a more recent post, he shared that he was in Alicante on April 4, the same day Ms Fang traveled alone to Xabia, which is about 80km away. In another post, Ong showed that he had bought a playing card worth a few thousand dollars.

Ong, who described himself on his Instagram page as 1.88 meters tall, was arrested on April 16 at his hotel room in Alicante.

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Another acquaintance of Ong, who also frequented the same gym, said the suspect had previously told him that he worked in the financial sector.

He recalled that Ong was a bit of a “clumsy” person who wore expensive sneakers.

“I would say he cared a lot about what he wore,” the man, who is in his 20s, added.

A business colleague of Ong said they met about 15 years ago when he started providing marketing services to the suspect, including for an online IT store founded in 2013.

An investigation into company records showed that the store is no longer in operation.

The man, who is in his 30s, said: “Overall he was a nice person to work with so I was quite shocked when I read the news.

“We stopped talking right before the pandemic, but I remember he was always quick with payments.

“The various projects I worked with him on usually cost around $2,000 depending on the details, but he was never a client I had to hassle for payments.

“He would check the work and if it was all good, he would pay.”

However, a former director of the IT shop had a different experience with Ong.

The stranger, who wanted to be known as John, said he was working at a computer store in Singapore when Ong visited as a customer.

They eventually became business partners when they started the IT shop. Within a year, John, 36, said their business relationship had soured.

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Before returning to his home country, John alleged that Ong threatened that he would “make a problem” for John if he ever returned to Singapore.

“He is ambitious and organised, but the bad thing about him is his temper,” John added.

Ong, who was married in 2012, owned several companies, according to a search of the Register of Marriages.

He is still listed as a director of a company based in Goldhill Shopping Center involved in the insurance line.

A check by The Straits Times of the company’s address revealed that it is now occupied by an education centre.

On April 21, ST visited Ong’s home address: a condominium in Bukit Timah. Several attempts to reach residents via an intercom outside the building failed.

According to his LinkedIn page, which was deleted on April 20 while in custody in Spain, he has worked as a private wealth management specialist since 2011.

He previously worked as a financial services advisor from 2014 to 2019, and as a financial advisor from 2011 to 2013.

Ong is said to have studied economics at the National University of Singapore, having previously come from a popular all-boys high school and one of the top junior colleges here.

Spanish media La Verdad de Murcia said on April 20, citing sources close to the investigation, that there may be an “economic motive” behind the killing. It said Ms Fang had made a number of investments, with recent transfers to an unknown third person.

It added that officers from the Murcia Judicial Police who searched the suspect’s hotel room found Ms Fang’s mobile phone among his belongings.

Detectives conduct a search of the suspect’s hotel room in Alicante, Spain. PHOTOS: X/GUARDIA CIVIL

Ms Fang, 39, went missing while on holiday in Xabia, south-east Spain. She was seen alive on April 9 at 8:45 PM (2:45 AM on April 10 Singapore time) on closed-circuit television.

Her body was found the next day in a truck stop about 90 miles away, or about a two-hour drive from her hotel.

She was reportedly stabbed more than thirty times.

This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required for reproduction.