Peter Lian, 21, has been charged with murder for the death of his wife. Khuang Par, Lian’s wife, was found dead on December 23rd. Her body had been hidden inside a suitcase, then dumped in a dumpster in Indianapolis.

According to investigator reports, the 27-year-old woman, and Lian, lived together in Colorado Springs near Fort Carson, where Lian served. Par had left Lian after accusations that he assaulted her in November. She had gone to Indianapolis to be with family. Par had obtained a restraining order against Lian after the assault. Lian was placed under arrest shortly after and officially charged with the assault.

After getting out of jail, Lian flew to Indianapolis on December 22nd, three weeks after Par left. Investigators say there are flight records showing Lian departing the country two days after arriving in Indianapolis. His destination was Bangkok. The Army has classified Lian as a deserter, since he did not return to duty as expected. It is unknown where Lian is at this time.

The last time Lian was seen was via surveillance video obtained from various locations in Indianapolis. He was seen drawing money from cash machines, making purchases and also driving Par’s vehicle.

A homeless woman found Par’s body in the suitcase on December 23rd and reported it to police. Investigator’s reports show indications of neck trauma, and that Par may have been raped before her death.

Police in Colorado have shared information from Par’s interview at the time of the domestic assault. She said an argument began over her plans to return to Indiana. The argument became physical and Par said Lian began choking her with one hand first, then proceeded to choke her with both. She alleged that once he released her, he threatened her before she could leave. He told her, “I’m going to kill you,” in Burmese, which is Par’s native language.

Warrants have been issued for Lian’s capture, one of which is for desertion from the U.S. Army. After the discovery of Par’s body, Army investigators found a matching suitcase in Lian’s room in the barracks.

Lian served the Army in the 4th Sustainment Brigade as a financial technician.