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South Korea police confirm body is fugitive ferry owner

Published on Jul 22, 2014 8:43 AM
In a photo taken on July 6, 2014 a wanted poster for fugitive Chonghaejin owner Yoo Byung-Eun is displayed in a window in Jindo harbour, where families of the victims of the Sewol ferry still unaccounted for continue to wait. -- PHOTO: AFP  

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean police said Tuesday they had found the body of fugitive business tycoon Yoo Byung-Eun, the target of a months-long manhunt connected to April’s Sewol ferry disaster that claimed around 300 lives.  

The heavily decomposed corpse of the 73-year-old Yoo was discovered on June 12 lying on the ground in a plum orchard in Suncheon, a city 300km south of Seoul.

Suncheon police chief Woo Hyung-Ho told reporters that 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.  

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