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Fugitive Sewol-ho ferry owner spotted in southern Korea

Updated: 2014-05-26 PM 12:08:36 (KST)
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One of the most wanted men in Korea has been spotted after being on the run for about a week.
Prosecutors have confirmed that Yoo Byung-eun, the de facto owner of the sunken Sewol-ho ferry, was in Suncheon, southern Korea, just days ago.
Investigators say Yoo is no longer in the city.
But the sighting confirms that the 73-year-old was in fact in the country, and may still be in Korea.

Also on Sunday, authorities arrested FOUR people for allegedly helping Yoo flee.
Prosecutors say all four people are members of the religious cult led by the ferry owner and that one of the arrests was made after the person was seen on surveillance cameras at the religious cult's headquarters.
To help with the search, the cash rewards for information on Yoo and his eldest son have gone up.
Prosecutors are now offering up to 500-thousand dollars for anyone with information on the elder Yoo and almost 100-thousand dollars for tips on the son.

And in related news from Korea's southwestern island of Jindo---
Efforts to find the bodies of those still missing from the sunken Sewol-ho ferry have been halted for now and could remained stalled until Monday.
Bad weather conditions, including fast tidal currents and foggy conditions, have prevented divers from searching for the last 16 bodies still under water.
No bodies have been recovered since Wednesday, and the the death toll stands at 288.
But officials say that once the weather conditions improve, they will attempt to use remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to facilitate the search.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.

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