A missing medical student was found dead in the Han River on Friday. His family is still awaiting autopsy results to find out how he died.
22-year-old Sohn Jung-min was last seen asleep at the riverside in Banpo, Seoul early April 25.
As requested by Sohn’s family, an autopsy was administered after two wounds were found behind his left ear. There are two lacerations behind the left ear, however, these injuries are the not direct cause of death, Sohn’s father told Yonhap News on Saturday.
“They said his cheek muscles were torn, and his teeth were fine,” he was quoted as saying.
Police reported that they suspect the lacerations are due to the body hitting objects while drifting in the water. They additionally said that the investigation will continue based on the autopsy report and the official detailed results will be out in at least two weeks.
The body was found on April 30, around 3:50 p.m by a rescuer and his dog about 20 meters ahead of the water taxi jetty.
According to rescuer Cha Jong-wook, the water moved upstream on high tide for three days after Sohn went missing.
“The body appears to have drifted back to where he went missing as the tide ebbed,” Cha said.
Before the incident
After drinking with his friend from around 11 p.m to 2 a.m, Sohn and his friend fell asleep at the Banpo riverside park next to the water taxi jetty.
At around 3:30 a.m, Sohn’s friend called his father, stating he couldn’t wake Sohn up. The friend said he had fallen asleep again and woke up at around 4:30 a.m to find Sohn missing. Assuming he had gone home, the friend went home as well.
The friend was seen on security camera footage leaving the park alone around 4:30 a.m. However, Sohn wasn’t seen on any CCTV footage.
At around 5:30 a.m, Sohn’s parents went to look for their son. His father wrote to his blog and social media, asking for help for the whereabouts of his son, as well as hanging banners around the area.
The police used a helicopter, drones, and boats to search for Sohn.
“It must be found out why he went to the river when he must have been sober to some degree, and why he couldn’t come out of the water when it wasn’t that deep,” Sohn’s father told the Chosun Ilbo.