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Police Find Body Of Missing Korean Tourist

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Wellington, Oct 16 NZPA - Police say they have exhumed a body believed to be that of slain Korean tourist Jae Hyeon Kim from a watery grave beside the Four Mile River, south of Charleston.

The 25-year-old disappeared in October 2003 while hitchhiking down the West Coast.

Detective Inspector John Winter told The Press that police had located the body they were seeking. While it had not been confirmed by a coroner, there was every reason to believe it was Mr Kim, he said.

A 31-year-old former Westport man has admitted the murder but his co-accused, Shannon Brent Flewellen, 29, a Nelson fisherman, denies it.

About 10 police officers, equipped with water pumps, braved torrential rain this morning to keep vigil on what is thought to be the grave that has hidden Mr Kim for the past five years.

Witnesses at a depositions hearing in Greymouth District Court this week said Flewellen had calmly bragged about strangling Kim, beheading him with a spade, and disposing of the body.

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