Ferry Owner's Body Handed Over to His Family

Police on Monday handed over the body of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon to his family. The body had been in the hands of the National Forensic Service.

A police spokesman said, "We've completed the autopsy and other necessary investigations, so the body was handed over to his family at their request."

The body was handed over to Oh Gab-riel, Yoo's brother-in-law and former Korean ambassador to the Czech Republic since his immediate family are fugitive or under arrest.

Yoo's body was found in a remote hillside in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on June 12.

Members of Yoo's crackpot cult plan a funeral late this month at the sect's sprawling compound south of Seoul. Police and prosecutors have been widely criticized for failing to identify Yoo's body at first, wasting about 40 days on a continuing manhunt while the body lay neglected in a morgue.

The deceased, a chronically dishonest businessman and undischarged bankrupt, is regarded as the main culprit in the April 16 ferry disaster.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 26, 2014 11:30 KST