Ferry Owner's Corpse Was Dressed in Expensive Clothes

Fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon was dressed from head to toe in expensive clothes when he was found dead on June 12, scotching a theory that someone murdered him and tried to make him look like a vagrant.

Police said Wednesday that Yoo's thermal underclothes were foreign brands' costing between W200,000 and W300,000 (US$1=W,1024). The undershirt was made by Germany's Falcaro and the underpants by the Dunbaado brand of France.

His ordinary underpants, from Swiss brand Zimmerli, cost W100,000 a pair, and his sneakers were German, from Finn Comfort, priced at W485,000 a pair online, according to police.

It took police some time to figure out that the label "waschbar" in the sneakers was not a Japanese brand name but the German for "washable."

Last week, police said that the parka Yoo was wearing when his body was found was made by Italian luxury brand Loro Piana.

The body was found in a field just 2.5 km from a summer cottage in southwestern Korea where Yoo was known to have been hiding.

An investigator said, "Looking at his expensive clothes, it is very unlikely that somebody murdered Yoo and tried to make him look like a vagrant."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 31, 2014 11:44 KST