November 12, 2002 20:16
Kyungbuk National University team of forensic experts, led by professor Kwak Jeong-sik announced Tuesday they had discovered marks on three of the five skulls of five primary schoolboys who went missing 11 years ago, the so-called "Frog Boys," that may have been caused by being struck with a blunt instrument, and thus tentatively concluded that the frog boys were beaten to death.
The remains of the five boys were discovered on Sept. 26 on Mt. Waryong, Daegu.
According to the forensic team, marks were found on the skulls of Woo Chul-won, Kim Jong-shik, and Kim Yeong-kyun. In particular, there were traces of blood in the skull of Woo and Kim Jong-shik, the forensic team said, a trace of a bone fracture seemed to have been caused in the course of defending from an outside attack was found on the end of the left arm of Kim.
The forensic team also presumed two holes in one skull to have been caused by bullets, but considering the distribution of minor scratches in and around the holes, chances are that they were not from a military gun but from a shotgun.
The damage on the skulls was suspected to have been caused at the time of their death, the team announced. As a result of the inquest, Daegu Police Agency have begun an investigation into who killed the boys and why.
The five boys went missing on March 26, 1991, after going out to catch frogs, and there remains were discovered 11 years later.
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