Suspect arrested in murder of female tourist on Jeju
A local man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a Seoul female tourist and dismembering her body on the country's southern island of Jeju, police said Monday.
The 46-year-old suspect, whose other personal information was withheld, was arrested earlier in the day 12 days after the woman, surnamed Kang, went missing near a trekking path on the island, the Jeju Dongbu Police Station said.
The island, one of the country's most popular vacation destinations, has some 20 coastal walking routes, called "olle," that draw millions of tourists.
The 40-year-old Kang arrived on Jeju on July 11 for a three-day trip by herself, according to her family. After spending the night in a guest house, she went out for a hike at around 7 a.m., and went missing with her cellphone being turned off at around 8:12 a.m., according to the police.
Upon her family's report, police have conducted an extensive search around the guest house and the trekking paths.
Last Friday, part of her body and shoe were found near a bus stop on the island, some 18 kilometers away from where her cellphone was traced to have last connected to the Internet, which police have suspected was intended "to disturb the police's search of the crime scene."
"We arrested the man without a warrant on concerns that he could flee or destroy evidence," Nah Won-oh of the Jeju Provincial Police Agency said during a briefing.
While the police have yet to elaborate on his alleged crimes, they have said that during their ongoing investigation, no suspicious aspects were found regarding the victim's financial matters and relationships.
The victims' body has yet to be found, though a search is underway around the suspect's home and the crime scene, they added.
The suspect was seen at the entrance of the olle path on the day of the incident, police said, citing witness accounts. They also confirmed that the man borrowed a car from an acquaintance a day before part of her body was found.
The suspect, however, has denied all the allegations against him, according to the police. (Yonhap)