The body of South Korea's most wanted man, linked to the sinking of a ferry in April that killed 300 people, was identified more than a month after being found in an orchard, police said on Tuesday, with his book and empty bottles of alcohol nearby.|
The police chief in charge of the case in a small city in the south of the country was sacked on Tuesday for not recognizing the book, or putting two and two together, and for not identifying the corpse earlier.
Police said that DNA and fingerprint evidence from the heavily decomposed body found on June 12 showed it to be that of Yoo Byung-un, 73, the target for more than two months of South Korea's largest manhunt.
Beside the body was a book written by Yoo, along with an empty bottle of a shark-liver-oil health tonic, made by a Yoo family company, and three empty bottles of alcohol, police said.
The book was called "Greater Love has No One Than This" and was written in 1995 while Yoo was serving four years in prison for fraud.
Yoo was a wealthy businessman who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in the country's worst maritime disaster in 20 years.韩国失事岁月号船主尸体被警方在农田里发现，尸体旁有书和几个空酒瓶，死亡时间为一个多月前。岁月号船主是韩国警方最想抓住的人，他的船只失事导致300人遇难。负责这个案件的警察长遭到了解职，原因四他没有早点发现尸体。这具尸体虽然高度腐烂，但是尸体的DNA和指纹显示他就是73岁的岁月号船主俞炳彦。俞炳彦是这两个月来韩国警方全力缉拿的对象。尸体旁边有一本俞自己写的书，三个空酒瓶，俞家族企业制造的鱼肝油丸。这本书的名字叫“没有比这更伟大的爱”，写于1995年，当时俞因为欺诈正在坐牢。俞是一个富有的商人，他与他的家族有失事船只岁月号的运营权。这次事故为韩国20年以来最大的海难。
Police said they had not determined a cause of death but said it did not appear to have been foul play. Toxicology tests were under way.
The Sewol ferry, traveling too fast on a turn, sank on April 16 on a routine trip from the mainland to the holiday island of Jeju. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers from the same school on the outskirts of Seoul. Only 172 people were rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned.Failure of authorities to find Yoo had become a political headache for President Park Geun-hye, whose government came under heavy criticism for its handling of the disaster.
The Sewol's 15 surviving crew members, including the captain, are on trial on charges ranging from homicide to negligence. The disaster prompted an outpouring of grief and anger after some crew were caught on video abandoning ship while children, following instructions, stayed put in their cabins.
Yoo, also a photographer and co-founder a church which made its own organic ice cream, was accused of embezzlement, negligence and tax evasion. Authorities had offered a reward equivalent to nearly half a million dollars for information leading to his arrest and detained several family members.
Woo Hyung-ho, police chief in Suncheon, told a televised news conference that a book written by Yoo was found at the site, along with an empty bottle of a shark-liver-oil product.