Calls rising to investigate 5 Korean suicides as work of possible serial killer

Wess Haubrich

It all started with two teenage girls found dead at a construction site.
Street in Daegu, South KoreaABC News

Daegu, South Korea is a metropolis some 277 kilometers south of the capitol of Seoul. It’s population is burgeoning at a little under 2.5 million people and it is known as a regional hub of Eastern medicine.

Daegu is divided into seven districts. The two girls in question – aged 18 and 19 – were found dead at a construction site in the district of Jung around 5:00 AM local time on July 1. They met via a popular Korean social media app.

Despite one being half-naked with bruises down her body, investigative officials with the Daegu Metropolitan Police concluded the deaths were a double suicide with both girls jumping from the roof of a nearby building, saying, "Both were fully clothed when they went to the roof. The loose pants seem to have come off during the fall."

These findings didn’t sit well with many who knew about the case, with one popular website posting a petition urging investigators to reopen the construction site case and other similar cases.

The petition also notes four other suspicious deaths that occurred over the past six months, all being labeled “suicide” by the Metropolitan Police. All the victims were women and all were found in various states of undress.

December 4, 2020 saw a 60-year-old victim found half-naked in Goesan County, North Chungcheong Province. Almost two months later, a 20-year-old was found naked in a rice paddy in Gongju, South Chungcheong Province – her clothes piled next to her body.

Only six days later, two naked bodies were found in a stream in an ecological park in Cheongnyang Country, South Chungcheong Province. One victim was 40, the other was a teenager.

In May, the half-naked, shoeless body of a 20-year-old was found in an orchard in Wanju Province.

The map below has markers showing the general area of all scenes. The triangle it forms is roughly 274 miles long.
Map showing the general location of the "suicides"Author

Watch this space for more on this story as it develops.

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