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Body of missing woman, 46, found

The body of the 46-year-old businesswoman, surnamed Lee, who went missing on Sept. 21, was found Saturday buried just 80 meters (260 feet) away from the home of her apparent killer.

South Gyeongsang’s Geochang Police, which mobilized 90 searchers to look for the missing woman yesterday afternoon, said they found the body 70 centimeters (27.6 inches) underneath a pine tree after a searcher who was climbing a hill grabbed the tree only to notice that it was easily pulled up by the roots.

Authorities dug under the tree and found the partially decomposed body, which was identified as Lee using her fingerprints.

With the discovery of Lee’s body, the case that had stumped investigators has come to a tragic close. Lee went missing after she told her family that she had an appointment with a 63-year-old business partner surnamed Kim, who became the prime suspect. Kim committed suicide on Thursday, leaving behind a note admitting to murdering Lee in a moment of uncontrollable rage.

Last Tuesday, Kim’s son jumped to his death from the 13th floor of an apartment building after his father confessed his crime to him.

Police said that Lee had loaned 40 million won ($35,500) to Kim and that she had gone to meet him to be repaid.


By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]

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