A Chinese woman suspected to have been stabbed to death by a driver working for a ride-hailing app texted a colleague after getting into the cab saying she had just met a “pervert”, according to a news website report.
The 21-year-old flight attendant was killed on Saturday night after hailing a car from the firm Didi Chuxing in Zhengzhou in Henan province.
A police statement said the driver was suspected of killing the woman and he later jumped into a river after abandoning his car. Police have yet to find any trace of the man.
The flight attendant had booked the car to take her from a hotel to Zhengzhou airport as she was about to head to a relative’s wedding in Jinan in Shandong province.
As she got into the car, she texted a colleague saying she had “bumped into a pervert”, Thepaper.cn reported.
“[The person] said I look rather pretty and wanted to kiss me,” she was quoted as saying in the message. “Luckily, I’m not sitting in the front seat.”
Her colleague then called her, but the woman told her on the phone she was fine, according to the report.
Her family contacted the police after she did not attend the wedding. Her body was found on a muddy slope on Tuesday.
The ride-hailing company said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened and sorry about the tragedy. As a platform we have failed the trust of our users and we have undeniable responsibility for this incident.”
The firm has offered up to 1 million yuan (US$157,000) as reward for information to trace the driver.
Lucky Air, a budget airline based in Kunming in Yunnan province, confirmed the woman killed was a member of its staff.
The killing has sparked safety concerns in China as the firm – the mainland’s equivalent of Uber – is the country’s most popular ride-hailing app.
More than 450 million users took over 7.43 billion rides in over 400 cities across mainland China last year, the company said in January.