2 Cult Members Turn Themselves In

Two followers of ferry owner and cult leader Yoo Byung-eon turned themselves in to police on Monday now that his corpse has been identified.

Kim Myung-sook (59) and Yoo Hee-ja, the wife of Yoo's chauffeur Yang Hoe-jung, said they decided to give themselves up after media reports that they would be treated leniently if they did so.

Prosecutors grilled the two women about how they helped the fugitive ferry owner and what happened to him in his final days.

Yoo’s body was found on June 12 but not identified until last week while a nationwide manhunt for his phantom continued.

Kim Myung-sook (left) and Yoo Hee-ja leave in a taxi after questioning at the Incheon District Prosecutors Office on Monday. Kim Myung-sook (left) and Yoo Hee-ja leave in a taxi after questioning at the Incheon District Prosecutors' Office on Monday.

Prosecutors suspect Kim coordinated Yoo's escape from the sprawling compound south of Seoul owned by his crackpot cult and provided him with money and a hiding place. The investigation has revealed that Kim and Yoo Hee-ja remained at the compound until late May, when they left secretly and went on the run.

But the two women say they did not contact Yoo or his chauffeur. Prosecutors sent the women home late Monday night and plan to indict them without arrest.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 29, 2014 10:01 KST