Manhunt Launched for Ferry Owner
kpopluv, June 4, 2014, 10:36 a.m.
The National Police Agency has announced that they are launching a central taskforce to arrest Yoo Byung Eon and his son Yoo Dae Gyun. They are the owners of the ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine, which was responsible for the sinking of the ferry Sewol off the southwest coast of Korea on April 16.
The two have managed to escape arrest for six weeks, moving from one safe house to another and being protected all the way by followers of a cult Yoo senior leads. The central taskforce will control a nationwide dragnet to streamline the current operations, where every regional police agency has separately operated a team of 150 investigators. It will consist of 60 veteran investigators. Rewards for investigators have also been increased.
"Until recently, there were around 300 reports a day on the whereabouts of the Yoo family, but the number dropped to 198 yesterday," a police spokesman said. "We urge people to report and cooperate."