16:17 01-10-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
S. Korea police find body of fugitive ferry owner

Bishkek (AKIpress) - South Korean police announced Tuesday that a badly-decomposed body found last month had been identified as that of the fugitive tycoon whose family owned the ferry which sank in April with the loss of 300 lives.

Yoo Byung-Eun had been the target of an unprecedented, months-long manhunt involving tens of thousands of police officers and army troops, AFP reports.

The body was found nearly six weeks ago on June 12, lying in a field just outside the city of Suncheon, 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of Seoul.

Discovered by a local resident, it was in an advanced stage of decomposition and the match with Yoo was only made after a DNA test.

After weeks of technical treatment, forensic experts eventually managed to lift a print from one of the index fingers that confirmed Yoo's identity.

Suncheon police chief Woo Hyung-Ho told reporters the body was too decomposed to ascertain the cause of death, although several empty bottles of alcohol were found at the scene.

"We do not know yet whether it was a homicide or a suicide," Woo said.

"We are hoping that more detailed forensic analysis will shed light on this and on the exact time of death," he said, adding that a toxicology test was being carried out.

The police had been widely criticised for failing to capture Yoo and Woo acknowledged that investigators had also been slow in connecting the body with the fugitive businessman.

It was found just a few kilometres from a villa Yoo was known to have used, and next to the corpse was a bag containing an autobiography Yoo wrote in prison in the 1990s.


Twitterfacebookprint
15:03 22.07.2014
LATEST NEWS
16:06 Number of pensioners to reach 19.4% of population in Uzbekistan by 205015:43 Kyrgyz Parliament approves Melis Turganbayev's nomination for Interior Minister15:39 Bulk of money transfers come to Kyrgyzstan from Russia15:37 Uzbekistan wins 18 medals, ranks 13th in medal standings at Asian Games15:34 New Twilight films to launch on Facebook15:29 Kazakhstani men's water polo team wins gold in 2014 Asian Games15:28 Tokmok police detain driver who hits 10yo girl, flees accident scene15:10 Kyrgyz Foreign Minister warns UN Assembly of international dangers from unstable Afghanistan15:08 Bishkek launches awareness campaign to protect children from violence15:07 Inflation level projected under 10% by year-end15:06 Turkmen President, Executive Director of Turkmen-American Business Council discuss implementation of joint projects15:05 Nazarbayev checks process of expansion of Aktau seaport14:53 Entrepreneur from Toguz-Toro district allocates $400 thousand for construction of gym14:42 Some 4 thousand men to be called up for active military service this autumn14:39 Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven14:26 Monthly pension in Turkmenistan makes $37 - HelpAge International report14:24 Some 6-mln som of material assistance provided to social institutions for elderly and persons with disabilities14:22 Production at Kashagan to be resumed in 2016 – Ministry of Energy14:04 Kazakhstani delegation attends inauguration of Afghan president-elect Ghani13:41 IV Turkmen-German Health Forum starts in Ashgabat
Astana
+11° C
Ashgabat
+26° C
Bishkek
+19° C
Dushanbe
+29° C
Tashkent
+25° C
exchange rates
 
68.89
54.40
8.82
1.38
229.74
181.90
29.63
4.62
6.33
5.00
0.81
0.13
3122.57
2363.47
385.06
61.53
3.59
2.85
0.46
0.07

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75