Body Of Fugitive S. Korean Ferry Owner Found
July 22, 2014 by staff
Body Of Fugitive S. Korean Ferry Owner Found, South Korean police said Tuesday that they have found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.
Police officer Wu Hyung-ho told a televised news conference that the body was found in an agricultural field in the southern South Korean city of Suncheon on June 12. He said results of DNA and fingerprint tests showed they matched those of Yoo Byung-eun.
Wu said the body was already decayed too much beyond recognition when it was found and more thorough investigation is needed to find how and when he died.
The body was wearing a pair of expensive shoes and a costly Italian-made jacket. Also found near him were three empty Korean local liquor bottles, a bag and a magnifying glass, according to police.
Authorities believe Yoo was the owner the ferry and that his alleged corruption may have contributed to its sinking.
The sinking, one of South Korea’s deadliest disasters in decades, has caused an outpouring of national grief, and the country is undergoing national soul searching about public safety. About 100 days after the disaster, 294 dead bodies have been retrieved but 10 people are still missing.
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