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Inje County John Doe was a man whose mutilated and dismembered corpse was found inside of three different rice sacks found on the side of the road on National Route 31 in Inje County, South Korea. His murder is presumed to be politically motivated or the result of a gang-related grudge due to the brutality of the crime. His head and arms have never been found.

His case is occasionally referred to as the "Inje-Gwangchiryeong Pass Incident" in some media.

Case

On the morning of April 18th, 2003, a junk collector repairing guardrails near the Gwangchiryeong Pass stumbled across three suspicious yellow rice bags on the side of National Route 31, a South Korean highway stretching from Busan to Anbyeon County in North Korea. Believing the bags may be holding abandoned scrap metal from local farmhouses, the collector reached into the bags to search only to make a horrifying discovery as his hand touched a human leg. Local police were immediately contacted and reformed their group for murder investigations after disbanding it that morning before the call.

The decedent was unrecognizable, with his body dismembered and separated into three rice bags. The first sack held the man's neck and chest, the second holding a section from his abdomen to his thighs, and the third holding his legs. The police immediately searched the surrounding area for the head and hands, even enlisting military forces, though much to no avail. Later, the autopsy noted that the man's body had retained more than 20 stab wounds alongside being cut into three halves. The stab wounds were stated to have been deep, with 21 wounds in his chest alone with 7 piercing his heart alongside damaging his ribs. His body had been drained of blood as well, making it impossible to estimate when the decedent had died.

It was discovered that there were no signs of resistance, with the conclusion being made that the decedent's hands had been tied during the killing despite his hands never being found. Authorities also concluded that the weapons used in the crime were likely a dagger and a portable logging chainsaw due to the type of cuts made to the body's bones, with the decedent's cause of death being from the multiple stab wounds sustained in a manner of 'overkill'. It is presumed that the motive of the crime was in a form of anger or resentment, with it being estimated that the victim had died in the middle of the assault with the assailant continuing to attack him after death. He was found to have no drugs or sedatives in his system but sustained a blood-alcohol level of 0.05%, meaning the victim was slightly impaired at the time of death but still aware of his surroundings. It has been deduced that the crime was premeditated, especially in the aspect of the blood being drained from his body to prevent the appearance of blood spots from the body's blood settling three to four hours after death alongside the culprit cutting off bone instead of the victim's joints, exhibiting a proficiency with the weapons used, possibly as a logger.

Many theories appeared in the investigation, including that the victim or perpetrator may have been a Korean-Chinese national due to the rice sacks holding the body's manufacturing being traced back to China. Though, since there were many similar rice bags in circulation at the time, this provided no leads. There were no witnesses to the crime or the dumping of the sacks containing the body, and a lead about the victim being a local missing man resulted in a dead-end. It was concluded though that it was likely the victim was documented in South Korea due to the perpetrator removing his head and hands to prevent fingerprint and dental identification.

Due to the area of the body's discovery being in a mountainous region and the culprit exhibiting proficiency with a logging chainsaw, it is presumed that the suspect may be local or from another forested region of South Korea. It is also suspected that the assailant wanted the victim to be found as a type of warning to others, as they chose to leave the decedent's body on the side of the road instead of burying him in the forest areas of the mountains alongside possibly leaving his head and arms in a body of water or incinerating them.

It is currently suspected that the assailant was an acquaintance of the victim, though no further leads have been released.

Characteristics

  • Type A blood.
  • Large, muscular physique.
  • Signs of a cosmetic procedure done to enlarge the genitals. This procedure is stated to have been popular with people in the entertainment industry and gangsters at the time.

Sources

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