Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Ferry owner's body found

SEOUL, South Korea - A tycoon and religious sect leader identified as the de facto owner of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people, has been found dead, police said today.

The body of Yoo Byung-eun, 73, who has been on the run since the disaster, was discovered in a field of plum trees in the southwestern city of Suncheon June 12 and his identity was recently confirmed through DNA and fingerprint analysis, Woo Hyung-ho, chief of Suncheon Police Station, said today at a televised briefing. The finding ended a months-long manhunt.

"The body was too decomposed to provide a hint on the cause of death," Chief Woo said. "So far there has been no evidence suggesting homicide."

Prosecutors blame Mr. Yoo for a lack of safety training and investment that could have prevented the April 16 sinking. The tragedy fueled public anger across the country that brought President Park Geun-hye's popularity to a record low. …

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