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NIS official found dead worried about safety

Jan 08,2019
A National Intelligence Service (NIS) official found dead on Sunday left a note that said he felt unsafe at work, police said Monday.

The official was found in his car in the middle of a construction site in Yongin, Gyeonggi. The three-page suicide note, which was found at the official’s home, has not yet been revealed to the public.

The Yongin Seobu Police Precinct discussed the contents of the note, however, and said that it focuses on how sorry he feels to his family.

The police said the note did not directly mention the tasks that he was assigned to do at the NIS. It said, however, that he felt at uneasy because of the unreasonable behavior he witnessed during his time there. In his note he mentioned complaints about the NIS’ operations.

“Since the investigation is still ongoing, we will not reveal the exact details of the suicide note,” said a police officer in charge of the case. “However, we have found nothing that might link the reason for his death to the work that he was responsible for during his time at the NIS.”

The police said that there was no additional evidence that might point towards murder and found flammables inside his car that could be linked to suicide. Regardless, the police have requested an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The official worked at the NIS headquarters located in Seocho District, southern Seoul, though the police did not mention how long he had worked there for.

The police have also added that they will look into the official’s financial transactions, phone calls and messages before his death. Family members and colleagues of the official will be called in by the police as well.

As of now, the police revealed that the official left home on Saturday evening but did not return home.

His family members, who were unable to contact him, filed a missing person’s report Sunday morning. Soon afterwards, he was found at the construction site five kilometers (3.1 miles) away from his home in Yongin.

BY KIM MIN-WOOK [jeong.juwon@joongang.co.kr]


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