Boys murdered 13 years ago are buriedDAEGU ― The funeral of five boys who were reported missing 13 years ago took place here yesterday. Dubbed the “frog boys,” the boys told their parents that they were going out to hunt for frogs before they disappeared.
“Put behind your cold and dark nightmares and become guardian angels for your juniors,” said Lim Hee-su, the student representative of Seongseo Elementary School, which the boys had attended.
“I thank everyone who has shown interest in our boys for the past 13 years,” said Kim Hyun-do, the father of one of them.
The disappearance resulted in a massive annual search of the area. Police circulated 8.1 million flyers. The case became a widely-known “unsolved mystery” around the nation until the bodies were found in a pit on a mountainside on September 26, 2002. The site was about 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) from their homes.
Although police first suspected that the boys had frozen to death, examinations of the remains showed marks on their skulls from a sharp weapon. The police reopened the investigation but have not yet found the boys’ assailant.
“Although we haven’t found the murderer, we want the boys to rest in peace,” said Woo Jong-woo, 56, the grandfather of one of the boys. “Today is the 13th anniversary of their disappearance.”
The parents donated the skulls of the boys to the legal medicine laboratory at Gyeongbuk University.
by Hong Gweon-sam