Suspicions rise over death of Korean woman in Philippines
By Yun Suh-young
A Korean woman in her 30s was found dead inside a condominium in Manila, according to the Korean Embassy in the Philippines and local news reports Saturday.
The cause of her death is disputed.
The local police are putting weight on the possibility of suicide as there was no evidence of intrusion and her belongings were left untouched.
Her family in Korea, however, is raising the possibility of homicide because there are traces of bruises on her neck and wrist and she was not wearing a top.
Also, they claimed that the door to the room was left open, unlike what the police are claiming.
The family criticized the police in Manila for trying to disregard it as a suicide case, without conducting a thorough investigation.
An official from the Korean Embassy in the Philippines who visited the scene was quoted as saying by Korean media that bruises found around the woman’s neck and wrist suggest that she might have been strangled.
“There are doubts over the cause of her death, but the police are trying to close the case without fully checking evidence,” the official said.
Disputes between the family members and police are expected to continue until the autopsy results are released, which according to police will be in three weeks.