There has been no progress in finding ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon or his family since he slipped a widening dragnet from a private home in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province five days ago.
Several fanatical followers of his cult have been arrested for aiding and abetting their escape, but except for a daughter caught in France not a single member of his family has been found.
The Incheon District Prosecutors' Office has focused its search around Suncheon and bolstered patrols around a compound owned by Yoo's sect south of Seoul in case he returns.
But eight cult followers who were arrested for helping him flee have clammed up under questioning. Prosecutors were confident Yoo would be unable to stay on the lam for long since he is in his 70s and his credit cards and mobile phone have been canceled.
A prosecution official said, "Yoo's followers are literally kicking and screaming as they refuse to give up any information on where he may be hiding." The official added, "They seem to have been trained to resist attempts to pry any information from them."
Prosecutors believe they have gotten hold of all of Yoo's close confidants except a 56-year-old man living in South Jeolla Province who is apparently driving the fugitive around in a Hyundai Sonata with local license plates.