Monday, June 23, 2008

Arrest over missing Korean backpacker's murder...

Arrest over missing Korean backpacker's murder...

An arrest has been made over the murder of Korean backpacker Jae Hyeon Kim, who went missing in 2003.

Kim was visiting New Zealand for a year's travel and adventure when he disappeared. Earlier this month police re-opened the case after tip-off led police to resume a search for him in scrubland just south of Westport.

A 28-year-old Nelson fisherman will appear in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Police are seeking other people and further charges could be laid. They are also speaking with a 31-year-old former Westport man in relation to the inquiry.

Inquiry Head, Detective Inspector John Winter says although Kim's body hasn't been found, further searches could be carried out to find it.

Police believe he died between September 29 and October 22, 2003.

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