August 17, 2009 10:17
Police investigating the theft of an urn containing the ashes of actress Choi Jin-sil are asking the National Scientific, Criminal and Investigation Laboratory to look for fingerprints and possible DNA traces on liquor bottles left at the scene.
No other evidence has turned up as a surveillance camera near her tomb had been broken for three days before the incident, but other cameras in the cemetery will be checked. The 7 cm thick stone wall of the tomb had been broken into.
Police suspect the theft is the work of ardent fans as her tomb has been continuously visited by them since her suicide sent shockwaves throughout Korea in October 2008. But they do not rule out the work of a common criminal.
The actress' mother has urged the thief to return the urn to let her daughter rest in peace, saying she would forgive the criminal if she could get it back safe.
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