A South Korean engineer who was reported missing in north-central Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa Province on Friday morning was discovered dead in a local wood later the same day.
The man, whom police identified as 31-year-old Kim Seung-guk, had been staying at a motel in Quang Loi Commune, in Quang Xuong District prior to his death.
Kim had returned to the motel with his friend Kim Sang-yeol, 48, at around 11:00 pm on Thursday, according to initial police report.
When the engineer was nowhere to be found the next morning, Kim Sang-yeol set out on a search at around 11:00 am, accompanied by a Vietnamese translator and a few others.
About an hour later, locals in Quang Loi’s Hong Phong Town reported finding the man’s body in a wood located around 100 meters from the motel where the South Koreans were staying.
Both Kim Seung-guk and Kim Sang-yeol are engineers working at the construction site for a factory in Quang Loi, according to local residents. The men had been staying at the motel for work for some time, and had not been involved in any noticeable conflicts with their neighbors, they added.
Police have yet to release the cause of death, as the investigation is still ongoing.