Police on Thursday were investigating whether a woman found beaten to death in her SUV was killed in a botched extortion plot from her native China.
Chao Ru Xie was found Monday slumped between the seats of her family's vehicle in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, miles from its home. Her husband reported an unauthorized use of the SUV on July 1. It's unclear when the wife last was seen.
The husband told police the family received a call from China demanding money. Investigators have been unable to verify the information.
The victim moved from China about a decade ago, and police said she ran a type of homegrown lottery in Manhattan's Chinatown.