Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained

Son of S.Korea sunken ferry owner detained

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South Korean Navy's SSU members prepare to search for missing passengers near the buoys installed to mark a capsized ferry at sea off Jindo on April 18, 2014.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 8:32 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean news agency says the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner has been detained by police after two months on the run.

Yonhap News Agency says Yoo Dae-gyun was picked up from an office south of Seoul, just three days after his billionaire father's body was positively identified. The body was found in June, but it was badly composed.

Authorities have sought Yoo, a major shareholder in the operator of the ferry that sank in April, along with his 73-year-old father who had founded the original ferry operator.

Prosecutors say the Yoo family's alleged corruption may have contributed to the April 16 disaster that left more than 300 people dead.

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